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Todd Fisher Speaks at Carrie & Debbie's Memorial Service, Billie Lourd Decides Not to Attend

Todd Fisher speaks on stage during the memorial service for his mom Debbie Reynolds and sister Carrie Fisher on Saturday afternoon (March 25) at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles.

Carrie‘s daughter Billie Lourd decided not to attend the public event, members of the press in attendance tweeted moments before the service started.

Todd spoke about his mom’s heartbreak after Carrie passed away and how she asked for permission to leave this world.

“When Carrie died, my mother decided to change her plans a bit. My mother always said to me, ‘I never want to go to my daughter’s funeral service. I would like to be buried with Carrie.’ I didn’t know she was going to leave us that very next day and when she looked at me to ask permission to leave, she said she wanted to be with Carrie, and she closed her eyes and went to sleep. It was a beautiful exit,” Todd said.

Todd encouraged fans in attendance to visit Debbie and Carrie at their final resting place at the cemetery and he also told the story about how he picked the plots.

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Debbie Reynolds & Carrie Fisher Memorial Live Stream Video

The public memorial for the late Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher will be taking place today (March 25) and the full ceremony will be live streamed online.

The memorial is taking place at Forest Lawn in a 1,200 seat theater at the cemetery. Tickets are open to the general public and fans lined up early in the morning to get a wristband to be inside the theater.

James Blunt, who was a longtime friend of Carrie‘s and named her the godmother of his son, will debut a new song. He is not set to perform live, but the song will be played over a photo montage.

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles will sing and a dance tribute from the Debbie Reynolds dance school will be performed.

The event kicks off at 1pm PST and the live stream is happening on DebbieReynolds.com.

Click inside to watch the live stream of the memorial… More Here! »

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Todd Fisher Says Debbie Reynolds 'Asked For Permission' to Be With Carrie

Todd Fisher is recounting his final moments with his mom Debbie Reynolds, following the untimely passing of his sister Carrie.

The 58-year-old filmmaker told ET that after Carrie‘s death, Debbie began to run him through her own estate and made major changes about where and how she wanted to be buried.

“My mother said to me the night that Carrie died…we were talking that night and I didn’t know what was happening, but she was setting me up for her leaving the planet…My mother said, ‘I know that’s tough. It might be tougher even, you know…I don’t know for sure when I [will] go,’” Todd explained.

He added, “I was like, ‘Well, look, fortunately we don’t have to face that right now, you know, we just face this. But then she was like asking my permission [to go]…The next morning, we had a little further dialogue and she chose to leave the planet in front of my face two feet away…She literally looked at me and said, ‘I want to go be with Carrie‘ and closed her eyes and went to sleep.”

Debbie and Carrie‘s public memorial service is set to take place on March 25th at 1 PM PST and will be live-streamed on DebbieReynolds.com.

Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds' Public Memorial Details

Carrie Fisher‘s brother Todd is sharing more details about the upcoming public memorial for her and their mother Debbie Reynolds.

“Because of Debbie and her connection to her fans and Carrie and her connection to her fans, we thought it was very important to create an event that would be able to give them all an outlet and a place to express,” Todd told E! News. “I know that’s what my mother would want and I know that’s what Carrie would want.”

He added, “We created this forum so that everybody could participate, say their goodbyes and have some closure.”

Carrie‘s longtime pal James Blunt will be debuting a new tribute song he wrote in her memory.

“It’s going to just be a very meaningful tribute to them and I think it’s going to be more positive than anything else,” Todd said. “I think everybody will be on a major rollercoaster ride.”

The memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, March 25 @ 1PM PST and will be streamed live on DebbieReynolds.com.

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Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds To Be Remembered During Forest Lawn Public Memorial

Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds will be honored later this month.

A public memorial is being held in their honor at the place where they are buried, Forest Lawn, on March 25, according to TMZ.

Singer James Blunt, who was very close with Carrie, will present a tribute song to the late Star Wars actress during a photo montage.

Carrie was apparently Godmother to James‘ child.

The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles will also be in attendance, as will Carrie‘s daughter Billie Lourd and her beloved dog Gary.

The event will reportedly be live-streamed on their website.

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