The last ad­ven­ture for Princess Leia

In life they were close, and in death they will be to­gether

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CARRIE Fisher will be laid to rest in a pri­vate funeral to­mor­row, but a more pub­lic cer­e­mony will take place at a later date.

The Star Wars: The Force Awak­ens’ Princess Leia, who died late last month fol­low­ing a heart at­tack at the age of 60, will be re­mem­bered by close friends and fam­ily in a pri­vate cer­e­mony this week.

Fisher’s ador­ing fans around the globe won’t be left out as they may also get to cel­e­brate the star’s life as a pub­lic ser­vice is ex­pected to take place at a later date, a source close to the fam­ily told En­ter­tain­ment Tonight.

It’s thought Fisher’s mother Deb­bie Reynolds, who died a day after her daugh­ter on De­cem­ber 28, will also be laid to rest at the same time as the fam­ily want them to be buried next to each other at For­est Lawn Me­mo­rial Park in Glen­dale, Cal­i­for­nia.

Fol­low­ing the shock death of Carrie on De­cem­ber 27, her half-sis­ter Joely Fisher has penned a heart­felt trib­ute to her de­ceased sib­ling in which she re­calls their child­hood.

Writ­ing in a col­umn for The Hol­ly­wood Re­porter, Joely, who is the daugh­ter of singer Ed­die Fisher and ac­tress Con­nie Stevens, wrote: “We spent the bet­ter part of our child­hoods as neigh­bours; our two fam­i­lies right next door. I adored Mama Deb­bie, she was such a char­ac­ter. I got an­other sis­ter and a brother in the deal, right there on the beach!”

She added: “Dur­ing our transcon­ti­nen­tal chat, be­fore Carrie’s fate­ful flight from Lon­don to Los An­ge­les, we promised we’d spend Christ­mas to­gether. It’s a promise we kept, although not in a way ei­ther of us had an­tic­i­pated. Through­out the hol­i­day, I sat by her side in a hos­pi­tal room filled with a ca­coph­ony of sounds made by the ma­chines keep­ing her barely alive.

“Deb­bie, of course, was there as well. She told me that she’d been pray­ing for more time for Carrie, for her­self and for Con­nie. I knew if those prayers weren’t an­swered, Deb­bie might very well join her daugh­ter.”

Joely then went on to say she will stand by Carrie’s 24-yearold daugh­ter Bil­lie Lourd and help her grieve for her beloved mother and grand­mother.

She ex­plained: “She would have wanted us to cel­e­brate her life, her words and for Bil­lie to be whole. In time she will be. She is smart and soul­ful and magic. My sis­ter Tri­cia Leigh and I vow to be what­ever our niece Bil­lie needs us to be.”

Joely con­cluded by hint­ing that she’s plan­ning to write a book on Carrie be­cause she has so many won­der­ful mem­o­ries she wants to share with fans.

She said: “You can’t ‘right’ this s**t, but you can ‘write’ it. And do I have a hell of a book in me.”

Mean­while, Carrie’s fam­ily are keen to track down two off-duty med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als who came to the aid of the ac­tress when she suf­fered the mas­sive heart at­tack on the plane as they be­lieve their ef­forts gave them time to say good­bye to the star.

Carrie was rushed to UCLA Med­i­cal Cen­ter on De­cem­ber 23 after she stopped breath­ing on a flight from Lon­don to LA but passed away four days later.

Her loved ones re­port­edly think they wouldn’t have got the chance to say good­bye to the 60-year-old star if it hadn’t been for the ef­forts of the off­duty emer­gency work­ers.

Fam­ily sources said flight at­ten­dants had asked for med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als to come for­ward to aid Carrie, and the two vol­un­teers who did “worked like crazy” to keep the ac­tress alive, even though they couldn’t find a pulse for over 10 min­utes.

Carrie’s fam­ily are plan­ning to contact United Air­lines to see if they can help lo­cate the pas­sen­gers, one of whom was a nurse, to thank them for their ef­forts.

P ICTURE: AP

KEEP­ING IT IN THE FAM­ILY: Carrie Fisher presents her mom Deb­bie Reynolds with the Screen Ac­tors Guild life achieve­ment award at the 21st an­nual Screen Ac­tors Guild Awards in Los An­ge­les in January 2015.

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