Disney Could Receive $50M Insurance Payout For Carrie Fisher’s Death

star-wars-carrie-fisherThe Star Wars fandom is still feeling the tragic death of Carrie Fisher, the iconic actress behind the character of Princess/General Leia Organa, as she passed away almost a week ago. A new report from Insurance Insider reveals that Walt Disney Studios will be getting $50m from Fisher’s insurance payout. Here’s what Insurance Insider is reporting on the payout, which is based on a insurance policy taken from Lloyd’s of London.

“Sources said that Disney had taken out $50mn of so-called contract protection cover as insurance for the event that Fisher was unable to fulfil her obligations to act in the new Star Wars films, with the policy now likely to trigger.”

Before her death, it was reported that Fisher had already completed filming for Star Wars: Episode VIII which will be coming out on December 15. Several friends and co-stars have shared statements about the tragic death of the beloved actress, including Lucasfilm founder George Lucas.

“Carrie and I have been friends most of our adult lives. She was extremely smart; a talented actress, writer and comedienne with a very colorful personality that everyone loved.

In Star Wars she was our great and powerful princess — feisty, wise and full of hope in a role that was more difficult than most people might think. My heart and prayers are with Billie, Debbie and all Carrie’s family, friends and fans. She will be missed by all. — George Lucas”

It started on December 23, when it was reported that the actress had a heart attack while on board a plane from London heading to Los Angeles. United Airlines released a statement that day, saying that Fisher was “unresponsive” when the flight landed in L.A. Once the plane had landed, she was taken to UCLA Medical Center for treatment. Just a day after Fisher’s death, her mother Debbie Reynolds sadly also passed away after reportedly having a stroke on December 28.

Source: Insurance Insider

Andy Behbakht

Andy Behbakht

Andy Behbakht is an online entertainment journalist who has been covering television and movies since 2010. In addition, he is also a podcast producer.

  • Napi

    Without a doubt, 2016 was Disney’s year

    • Marquis de Sade

      Yes it was, nappy…Nice to see you’re ready to kiss the ring. Btw, you should stay puckered up for 2017, cuz Disney’s future earnings is lookin’ quite lucrative.

  • flavortang

    I saw Rogue One a few days ago and I have to admit that the final shot of the movie–won’t say what it is–definitely got me choked up, considering recent events.

  • Bill

    Every studio has insurance on their Stars, this is nothing new

    • Steve Steve

      Nevertheless, the $50 million dollar value is impressive. It is surprising that Disney would pay premiums on that level of coverage for her*. She must have been really important to the new trilogy…

      *Not that any level of money makes the loss acceptable.