Hollywood is still mourning the loss of two of its brightest stars after the deaths of both Carrie Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds, who passed away within days of each other at the end of 2016. In a final tribute to the love they had for each other, the pair will be buried together this Friday, allowing them to remain as close in death as they were in life.
An "ultra-private service" will be held for both Carrie and Debbie at their Beverly Hills compound this Thursday, where the mother and daughter lived next-door to each other. The service is being organized by Todd Fisher and Carrie's daughter, Billie Lourd, who shared an emotional tribute to her 'Momby' and 'Abadaba' on Instagram earlier this week:
Speaking to ABC's 20/20, Todd Fisher — Carrie's younger brother and Debbie's son — spoke of the family's heartbreak following the tragedy at the end of December:
“We’re broken-hearted, those of us that are left behind. We also are happy that they're together. It’s horrible, it’s beautiful, it’s magical they are together, it’s beyond words, it’s beyond understanding.”
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On December 23, #CarrieFisher — best known for portraying Princess Leia in the #StarWars saga — suffered cardiac arrest on an 11-hour flight from London to LA, and passed away in hospital on December 27. Her mother, Singin' In The Rain legend Debbie Reynolds, passed away just one day later. According to Todd Fisher, her final moments reveal how close the pait were:
“She simply said that she didn’t get to see Carrie come back from London, she expressed how much she loved my sister. She then said she really wanted to be with Carrie. In those precise words, and within 15 minutes from that conversation she faded out and within 30 minutes, she technically was gone.”
The mother and daughter will be laid to rest side-by-side at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles, where they will be surrounded other Hollywood icons such as Liberace and Bette Davis. The service will be attended by close friends and family, with Meryl Streep reported to lead the tributes.