Relatives hope for joint memorial service for Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher


Relatives of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher are hoping to organise a joint memorial service for the pair as tributes continued to pour in following their deaths.

Singin' In The Rain star Debbie, 84, died from a suspected stroke on Wednesday, just a day after the death of her daughter Carrie, 60.

The Star Wars actress died in hospital after suffering a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles on December 23.

Carrie Fisher (Ian West/PA Images)
Carrie Fisher (Ian West/PA Images)

Carrie's brother Todd said funeral plans were being made and it was "likely" his mother and sister would share a joint memorial service.

He told the New York Daily News: "It's what we want to do, but we're still working on the mechanics.

"We like the idea, if it's at all possible. I think it's appropriate."

Debbie Reynolds (Stefan Rousseau/PA)
Debbie Reynolds (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Shortly before she fell ill, Debbie had expressed an interest in laying her only daughter to rest at the spot where she planned to be buried, Todd added.

He had earlier shared a drawing of his mother and sister, in which they are depicted embracing each other as their most famous movie characters.

The sketch, posted on Todd's Twitter account, shows his sister Carrie dressed as Princess Leia from Star Wars and Debbie in a raincoat as Kathy Selden from Singin' In The Rain.

He wrote in the caption: "This is a beautiful love story to witness in my 58 years. I miss them both so much. Love is everlasting."

Meanwhile, the stepfather to Carrie's only child Billie Lourd penned a heartfelt message saying he was "honoured" to be part of her family following the loss of her mother and grandmother.

Bruce Bozzi, who is married to Fisher's ex-partner Bryan Lourd, posted a photo of Scream Queens actress Billie, 24, with Carrie and Debbie at her university graduation ceremony.

He wrote: "It's an honour to be your stepfather.

"As Carrie said to me years ago 'I'm a good stepmother' I promise I will always be & the strength of these women live so vibrantly in you."

Todd announced Debbie's death on Wednesday as he revealed her last words were about her late daughter.

"She said, 'I want to be with Carrie'," he said. "And then she was gone."