Published: Mon, March 27, 2017
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

Carrie Fisher memorial: Where were daughter Billie Lourd and dog Gary?


On Saturday, fans were able to pay their final respects to Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, whose public memorial service was livestreamed in addition to serving as a public event.

Todd Fisher paid tribute to his mother and sister. He explained that the service "is a show and not a memorial because my mother didn't like memorials and funerals".

Before her death, Fisher had completed filming for her part in the latest "Star Wars" episode, "The Last Jedi", which is due for release in December.

A heart-tugging image of the empty chair left on the stage in honor of Debbie.

Fisher, 60, died on Dec 27, four days after suffering a heart attack on a flight from Britain where she had been shooting the third season of the British comedy Catastrophe.

She passed away just one day after the Star Wars actress was struck by a fatal heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles in December a year ago.

Todd revealed he decided on a public memorial because his mother would have wanted her fans to be involved. It was a very peaceful exit that only my mother could orchestrate. "She was trained in Hollywood, where they teach you to make a great entrance and a great exit".

Reynolds was remembered by actress Ruta Lee, who urged fans not to mourn, but rather take delight in the "Singin' in the Rain" star's life.

Fisher's former beau Aykroyd took the podium to recall their friendship.

She was choking on a brussels sprout and he performed the Heimlich maneuver on her, according to Deadline.

He echoed a sentiment expressed by many early in his remarks.

"We shouldn't be here so soon in our lives", he said. Actresses Renee Russo, Anne Blythe and Beverly D'Angelo were among the stars who arrived before the ceremony's start. It was a lesson she drilled into her kids and one that Carrie practiced when she found fame at the age of 19 as Princess Leia. Fisher's response? "It's bad". The idea that somebody would have to deal with that kind of loss back to back, moment to moment - I mean we'd just had this terrible loss and then here you are just a handful of hours later standing in a different hospital in a different room.

Todd Fisher and Debbie Reynolds then had a hard discussion about her estate and other things that were already taken care of if she died.

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