Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher Memorial: Fans Invited to Pay their Last Respects

Carla Harmon
March 24, 2017

Another person struggling significantly following Carrie and Debbie's deaths is Billie - who lost both her mother and grandmother in the space of two days. Their family is set to host a public memorial at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park-Hollywood Hills on Saturday, where the late stars were buried together in January. "She was very connected to her fans and felt they were a part of her, so we're opening it to the public".

Taking the opportunity to correct a widely reported misconception, Fisher, 59, told "Entertainment Tonight" Wednesday that his mother did not die "of a broken heart". She passed just one day after Carrie Fisher died of cardiac arrest at age 60.

"My mother said to me the night that Carrie died...we were talking that night and I didn't know what was happening, but she was setting me up for her leaving the planet..." He is also giving her the much-needed time to step back from the loss.

He says he was emotionally prepared for the death of Reynolds when she died on December 28, one day after the passing of his sister Carrie. "It looked like she asked permission to leave, told me she was going to leave, told me she loved me, closed her eyes and went to sleep", the producer said. "That's kind of a magical, handsome thing".

Fisher says he's "really OK" with his mother's death, but "not so OK" with his sister's. "'Cause Carrie was in the middle of what was, I thought, her finest hours".

Still, it's a lot for anyone to deal with, let alone a 24-year-old.

"She's also genetically Carrie and Debbie", Todd said, before mentioning Billie's father, Bryan Lourd. I couldn't do it, ' and we started having reality checks on these things.

The hitmaker won't be singing live, but the day will feature performances from the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles and students from Debbie's dance school.

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