Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds Joint Funeral: Princess Leia’s Ashes Carried in Prozac Urn
Carrie Fisher’s ashes were carried in an urn shaped like a Prozac pill as she was laid to rest alongside her mother Debbie Reynolds at a joint private funeral service in Los Angeles.
Carrie Fisher, best known for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars series, was frequently open about her experience of mental health issues.
“I felt it was where she would want to be,” Carrie Fisher’s brother, Todd, said.
Carrie Fisher, 60, and Debbie Reynolds, 84, died within a day of each other last month.
Following the joint funeral service at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hill, Todd Fisher said the giant pill in the shape of the anti-depressant drug was chosen as the urn for his sister’s ashes because it was one of Carrie’s “favorite possessions”.
“She loved it, and it was in her house, and Billie [Carrie Fisher’s daughter] and I felt it was where she would want to be,” he said.
Todd Fisher added that Carrie and her mother were now “together, and they will be together here and in heaven”.
Apart from Carrie Fisher’s cremation and the family’s choice of urn, no details were revealed about the private funeral ceremony.
Prozac (fluoxetine), a potent anti-depressant drug, was introduced in the US in 1988. Since then it has helped define how people think about mental illness.
On January 5, a joint memorial ceremony was held at Carrie Fisher’s estate in Coldwater Canyon, Los Angeles.
Among those in attendance were fellow actors Meryl Streep, Gwyneth Paltrow and Meg Ryan. Star Wars creator George Lucas and Stephen Fry and Eric Idle were also guests at the ceremony.
Other guests included Jamie Lee Curtis, who stars with Carrie Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd on TV series Scream Queens, Courtney Love, and Ed Begley Jr., Candice Bergen and Ellen Barkin.
Carrie Fisher died three days after suffering a cardiac arrest on a flight from London to LA in December.
Debbie Reynolds, who starred opposite Gene Kelly in the 1952 musical Singin’ in the Rain, died a day later after she was rushed to hospital with a suspected stroke.