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Today marks the sad anniversary of Carrie Fisher's passing. It was two years ago when the world lost the celebrated writer and actress at the age of 60, and fans continue to struggle with the death of such an iconic and beloved pop culture fixture. But the loss was the gravest for Billie Lourd, the only child of Carrie Fisher. It's never easy to lose a parent, especially one that remains such a vital part of film history. With today's sullen reminder, Lourd posted the following heartfelt tribute to Fisher on Instagram, where the famous daughter shared her troubled feelings about her mom's untimely death.
It has been two years since my Momby's death and I still don't know what the 'right' thing to do on a death anniversary is (I'm sure a lot of you feel the same way about your loved ones). So I decided to do something a little vulnerable for me, but something we both loved to do together - sing. This is the piano her father gave her and this was one of her favorite songs. And as the song says, we must 'keep on moving'. I've found that what keeps me moving is doing things that make me happy, working hard on the things that I'm passionate about and surrounding myself with people I love and making them smile. I hope this encourages anyone feeling a little low or lost to 'keep on moving'. As my Momby once said, 'take your broken heart and turn it into art"'- whatever that art may be for you.
In addition to the caption posted above, Billie Lourd's Instagram address included a video of Lourd playing "These Days," one of Carrie Fisher's favorite songs, on Fisher's piano. It's a sweet, respectful remembrance, filled with tenderness and somber heart, dedicated to the woman who was taken from this world too soon, and who left a grave impact that is impossible to fill. It's a simple gesture that clearly comes with a seemingly aching soul.
As Billie Lourd admits, it's still hard to explain the sense of loss and sadness she feels with the absence of Carrie Fisher from her life. It was no secret that they shared a tight, loving bond, and Lourd was only in her early 20s when her famous mom passed away. While Fisher was never afraid to speak her mind, and she rarely had any trouble expressing herself, Lourd is still at a loss for words for what to say about her late mother. So, she opts to sing.
Like Billie Lourd, it's impossible to fully express how one feels without Carrie Fisher. As a candid, outspoken voice for mental health, addiction and the troubles of the Hollywood system, among other topics, Fisher was beloved and acclaimed as a public figure even beyond her most iconic role as Leia in the Star Wars franchise, including last year's Star Wars: The Last Jedi. It'll be a long time before the public fully processes her death.