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A joint memorial service for Debbie Reynolds and her daughter Carrie Fisher is reportedly planned by their family.

Debbie Reynolds, 84, died from a suspected stroke on December 28, while grieving for her daughter Carrie Fisher, who died on December 27 at the age of 60.

Carrie Fisher, best known for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars series, died after suffering a heart attack on a flight from London to LA.

Her brother, Todd Fisher, told the New York Daily News a joint service was “likely”.

Debbie Reynold’s son said: “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.”

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Todd Fisher has posted a cartoon depiction of his mother and sister together, reprising their most famous roles, alongside the caption: “This is a beautiful love story to witness in my 58 years. I miss them both so much. Love is everlasting.”

He announced his mother’s death on December 28, revealing that her last words were: “I want to be with Carrie.”

Todd Fisher confirmed to ABC News that there is currently no date or location for the mother-daughter funeral, but plans are in process.

Bruce Bozzi, the stepfather to Carrie Fisher’s only child Billie Lourd, said he was “honored” to be part of the Fisher and Reynolds family, posting a graduation picture of the 24-year-old Scream Queens’ actress alongside her late mother and grandmother.

He wrote: “It’s an honor 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.”


France is holding a national memorial service for the 130 people who died in a series of attacks in Paris two weeks ago.

Around 1,000 people attended the service in central Paris, including President Francois Hollande, survivors of the attacks and victims’ families.

A minute’s silence was held and the names of all the victims read out.

Attackers with assault rifles and suicide belts targeted a number of sites in the capital. ISIS later said it was behind the assault.

In his speech, President Francois Hollande said France would “do all it can to destroy this army of fanatics”.

“It will operate relentlessly to protect its children,” he said.

Francois Hollande vowed that France would respond with more music, concerts and sporting events, after some of the attacks targeted a concert venue and a stadium.

Among those attending the service were the parents of British victim Nick Alexander, who said that they were now “intrinsically linked” to those who had also lost loved ones.Paris attack memorial service

However, not all the victims’ families accepted the invitation to attend the service at the grand Les Invalides complex that houses a military museum and Napoleon’s tomb.

The family of one victim told French media they had refused, saying not enough had been done to protect the nation in the wake of other attacks earlier this year.

In the November 13 attacks, the gunmen opened fire on restaurants and bars in Paris and stormed the Bataclan concert hall, where 89 people were shot dead.

Three more attackers blew themselves up outside the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, after staff denied them entry to a football match between France and Germany.

More than 350 people were injured in the attacks – the worst in recent French history.

At least nine people are believed to have been directly involved in carrying out the latest attacks.

They are all dead, but two more men, including suspect Salah Abdeslam, are still on the run as a huge manhunt continues in France and Belgium.

Some of the attackers – including suspected ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who died in a police raid in Paris last week – had lived in Brussels.


Germany is holding a memorial service at Cologne Cathedral for the victims of last month’s Germanwings plane crash in French Alps.

Relatives of the dead passengers have formed part of the 1,500-strong congregation, along with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Transport ministers from France and Spain are attending, along with Lufthansa chief Carsten Spohr.Germanwings crash memorial service Cologne Cathedral

Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz is accused of deliberately crashing the Germanwings Airbus on March 24, killing 150 people.

A candle for each of the victims has been placed on the altar and flags are flying at half-mast across Germany.

Mourners were invited to leave flowers on the stairways leading up to the cathedral and large screens have been erected for crowds gathered outside.

German President Joachim Gauck and Spain’s Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz were also expected at the service.

The memorial service is being led by the Archbishop of Cologne, Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki and the president of the Protestant Church of Westphalia, Annette Kurschus.


Nelson Mandela memorial service is one of the largest gatherings of its kind in generations.

Tens of thousands of mourners and almost 100 foreign leaders attended the event at the FNB stadium in Johannesburg.

World leaders attending Nelson Mandela’s memorial service:

– US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama as well as former Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter

– UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and his predecessor Kofi Annan.

– UK Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Labour Party leader Ed Miliband

– French President Francois Hollande and his predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy

– German President Joachim Gauck

– Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe

– Cuban President Raul Castro

– Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff

– Indian President Pranab Mukherjee

Nelson Mandela memorial service is one of the largest gatherings of its kind in generations

Nelson Mandela memorial service is one of the largest gatherings of its kind in generations

– Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba

– Chinese Vice-President Li Yuanchao

– President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas

– Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta

– Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper

– Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Prince Felipe

– Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott

– Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta

– Afghan President Hamid Karzai

– Pakistan’s President Mamnoon Hussain

– Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa

– The Netherlands’ King Willem-Alexander and Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans

– Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon and Prime Minister Erna Solberg

– European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and European Union Council President Herman Van Rompuy

– Top Vatican official Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana

– British entrepreneur Richard Branson

– US talk show host Oprah Winfrey

– U2 singer and activist Bono

– Musician Peter Gabriel, who brought the idea of The Elders – a group of former leaders – to Nelson Mandela

– British Model Naomi Campbell

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Barack and Michelle Obama will travel to South Africa to attend the memorial service for Nelson Mandela on Tuesday.

The memorial service on Tuesday, December 10, is part of a week of official observances that will culminate in a state funeral a week from Sunday.

Barack Obama will travel to South Africa to attend the memorial service for Nelson Mandela

Barack Obama will travel to South Africa to attend the memorial service for Nelson Mandela

The official events honoring Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday, December 5, at the age of 95, begin on Sunday, when the government will observe a national day of prayer and reflection.

On Sunday, December 15, a funeral service and interment ceremony will take place at Nelson Mandela’s home and final resting place at Qunu in the Eastern Cape.