Todd Fisher says motherhood saved sister Carrie from early death

Last Modified: 9th Sep

Carrie Fisher’s brother Todd Fisher thinks that being a mother saved the “Star Wars” legend from an earlier death.

“When Carrie became a mother it grounded her very differently. Looking at Carrie, ‘she’s going to be a mother, holy mackerel what is that going to be?’” Todd Fisher told Page Six, “But what really happened … obviously Carrie was a unique mother, it’s what kept Carrie with us. I think we would have lost Carrie long ago, long before if it hadn’t been for Billie.”

The actress died at the age of 60 on December 27, 2016, due to cardiac arrest. An autopsy reported that her system contained cocaine and traces of heroin, other opiates, and MDMA.

Todd Fisher, Carrie Fisher, Billie Lourd (Image: Getty Images)

In a statement after her passing, her daughter Billie Lourd, said that Fisher “battled drug addiction and mental illness her entire life. She ultimately died of it,”

Todd also revealed that he believes that his sister would have been an amazing grandmother to Lourd’s son Kingston, whom Billie Lourd welcomed with longtime boyfriend Austen Rydell.

“Carrie would have continued that, she obsessed over Billie,” Todd Fisher added. “She shared with Billie herself and I think that would have continued. I mean look what happened to my mom, she bought the house next door to Carrie to be close to Billie. Debbie (Reynolds) and Carrie weren’t even talking at the time. She would have bought the house next door so to speak.”

A day after his sister Carrie’s death, their mother Debbie Reynolds also passed away.

Although it's been nearly four years since their death he says, “they’re still very much part of me … and I feel compelled to take every opportunity to keep their legacy alive and things that they stood for. They were very outspoken and powerful women. There were very few women doing what they did especially Carrie outing herself for mental illness and drug use.”

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