Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds remembered by friends and fans at public memorial service

By Emmy Griffiths

Over 1,200 fans, as well as friends and family, attended the public memorial service of Carrie Fisherand her mother Debbie Reynolds, who sadly passed away just one day apart in December. The event was hosted by Debbie's son and Carrie's brother Todd, who spoke lovingly about his mum and sister. Speaking about Debbie's death, he told the audience: "When Carrie died, my mother decided to change her plans a bit. My mother always said to me, 'I never want to go to my daughter's funeral service. I would like to be buried with Carrie.' I didn't know she was going to leave us that very next day and when she looked at me to ask permission to leave, she said she wanted to be with Carrie, and she closed her eyes and went to sleep. It was a beautiful exit."

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The public memorial service paid tribute to the pair.

Carrie's former fiancé Dan Aykroyd also paid tribute to the Star Wars actress. He said: "Firstly, I feel responsible in part myself for why Carrie is not with us today because I once saved her life applying the Heimlich to dislodge a Brussels sprout… She had long conversations on the phone in my presence with Paul Simon, with whom she was attempting to reconcile at the time of my relationship with her. Here I found myself in love with a woman who was returning to a former intimate, and might I say a much better choice. But a woman who confided deeply in me and who valued my counsel… Although Carrie and I did not get married, we had taken blood tests in anticipation of maybe having a child and a doctor in Chicago took them for us. Because babies and Christmas were great joys for Carrie."

Carrie and Debbie died just one day apart.

The 90-minute ceremony, which took place at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles, included a series of montages with music by Star Wars composer John Williams, which gave an insight into Debbie and Carrie's amazing careers and their wonderful relationship. A song titled I'm Here to Let You Go, which was written by Carrie's close friend James Blunt, was also debuted during the service.

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