Billie Lourd Posts A Moving Tribute To Her Late Mother & Grandmother
The sudden death of Star Wars legend Carrie Fisher on December 27 2016, followed by the death of her mother Debbie Reynolds just one day later, left the world in complete shock.
But despite the acting world losing two of their greatest talents, no one was more devastated than Scream Queens star Billie Lourd, who lost both her mother and grandmother within hours of each other.
Fisher, best known for her role as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars film series, suffered a major heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles the week before her death, but sadly passed away as a result of the cardiac arrest.
Her mother, Singin’ In The Rain star Debbie Reynolds, had a stroke just hours after her beloved daughter died, and unfortunately didn’t make it.
Billie Lourd finally broke her silence on the heartbreaking events yesterday, posting a moving tribute on her Instagram page in memory of both her mom and grandma.
Receiving all of your prayers and kind words over the past week has given me strength during a time I thought strength could not exist. There are no words express how much I will miss my Abadaba and my one and only Momby. Your love and and support means the worlds to me.
Fisher’s daughter, who’s father is Creative Artists Agency’s co-chair Bryan Lourd, was particularly close to both her mom and grandmother, with the last public appearance from the trio being at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2015. Carrie presented her mother with a Life Achievement Award, with her speech showing the close connection the mother-daughter duo had.
Billie’s admiration and love for her grandmother was also seen at the November 2015 Academy Awards, where Debbie was given the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for her amazing contributions to mental health charities throughout her career.
Billie accepted the award on her grandma’s behalf when Debbie couldn’t attend due to health issues, and it was clear just how close of a bond they really shared.
It honestly feel super-weird to be up here without her because she’s always been the leader of our family, whether it be award shows like this or at home,” Lourd said. “I’ve truly never seen her miss a show in her life. But unfortunately, our leader needed a little backup tonight, so I’m here to thank the Academy and all of you in this room for this truly incredible honor.
The family have announced that a private memorial will be held January 5 for both Hollywood stars.