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Debbie Reynolds' son Todd Fisher opens up about star's death: "She just left to be with Carrie"

Emmy Griffiths
Emmy GriffithsTV & Film Editor
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Debbie Reynolds' son and Carrie Fisher's brother Todd Fisher has spoken about his mother's death, saying that the star simply wanted to be reunited with her daughter.

The 84-year-old passed away just one day after her daughter on Wednesday after suffering a suspected stroke, and Todd spoke about sitting with her when she died. "She didn't die of a broken heart", the 58-year-old told ABC News. "She just left to be with Carrie. It wasn't that she was sitting around inconsolable, not at all. She simply said that she didn't get to see Carrie come back from London, she expressed how much she loved my sister. She then said she really wanted to be with Carrie. In those precise words, and within 15 minutes from that conversation she faded out and within 30 minutes, she technically was gone."

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Todd with Debbie, Carrie and Billie

Todd opened up about how the family was handling the sad deaths of Debbie and Carrie. He said: "We're broken-hearted, those of us that are left behind. We also are happy that they're together. It's horrible, it's beautiful, it's magical they are together, it's beyond words, it's beyond understanding. From the family's perspective, this is Debbie's destiny. She didn't want to leave Carrie and did not want to her to be alone."

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Todd spoke about his mother's death

Carrie died aged 60 after suffering a cardiac arrest during a flight from London to Los Angeles. Although she was taken to hospital, she died days later while in intensive care. Her only daughter, 24-year-old Billie Lourd, confirmed the tragic news through the family spokesperson, Simon Halls. In a statement to HELLO!, he wrote:  "It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning, She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers."

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