Billie Lourd pays emotional tribute to late mom Carrie Fisher on the third anniversary of her passing

By Heather Cichowski

It's been three years since Carrie Fisher died. In 2016, the Star Wars actress passed away at the age of 60, four days after going into cardiac arrest on a flight from London to Los Angeles. She left a huge void for fans of the franchise and for daughter Billie Lourd.

To mark the anniversary, Billie uploaded a touching tribute to Instagram where she sings a beautiful rendition of John Prine’s “Angel from Montgomery” in her late mother's bathroom.

"#TakeYourBrokenHeartAndTurnItIntoArt Bathtub Sessions-Angel From Montgomery," the American Horror Story actress captioned the post.

"You will lose someone you can’t live without and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved," Billie poignantly continues.

"But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn't seal back up. And you come through. It's like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly—that still hurts when the weather gets cold, but you learn to dance with the limp. - Anne Lamott"

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The video was recorded with the Moon Brothers, Dan Lotti and Mike Sivilli, and their production company. They shared the video on their own social media channels writing, "We LOVE this selection because it’s such a classic, and is an absolutely perfect fit for Billie’s vintage voice."

On Dec. 25, Billie shared another heartfelt tribute online to her mom and grandmother, Debbie Reynolds, who passed away on Dec. 28, 2016 at the age of 84, just one day after daughter Carrie.

The Scream Queens actress discussed what the holidays are like when grieving the loss of loved ones. She uploaded an old family photo of the three generations of women and penned, "Happy holidays! (But also sad/emotional/weird/stressful holidays!) Sending my love to everyone who has lost someone they loved and is missing them a little extra today. I see you."

"It’s okay if everything ain't all merry and bright. It can be a mix of all of it. And it’s all okay. Feel all the feelings - the good and the not so good," she continued. "Eat something delish they used to love. Put on one of their favorite songs. Tell a story about them. Cry about them. Call one of their friends you haven't talked to in a while. Be kind and patient with yourself. Don’t grieve in silence. You’re not alone."

Billie Lourd, Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 25, 2015. Photo: © Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Both of Billie's tributes to her late relatives come after Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was released in theatres on Dec. 19. The film marks the final time fans will see Carrie as her iconic character Princess Leia.

Billie has been candid on social media about dealing with grief and letting others who have lost loved ones know they aren't alone. In August 2017, Billie revealed her mother's powerful last words.

Before that, she uploaded another throwback family photo in January 2017 and wrote about her emotions in reference to a quote of her mom's.

"If my life weren't funny then it would just be true and that is unacceptable," Billie quoted Carrie.

The actress continued, "Finding the funny might take a while but I learned from the best and her voice will forever be in my head and in my heart."

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