Carrie Fisher’s former assistant, Byron Lane, took to Facebook late Tuesday night to share his shock and dismay that his former boss had passed away. Lane posted photos of himself with the late actress that show a peak into Fisher’s private life — which according to Lane, was not terribly different than her public life.
Fisher died on Tuesday, days after suffering a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles.
Lane’s message is a stream of conscious collection of anecdotes, followed by a heartfelt tribute to his old boss.
“She once got a text alert from weather.com saying the northern lights were gonna be big… so that night I had to book flights and the next day we were there,” Lane wrote.
“When Gary had to pee on a plane she took him and a wee-wee pad into the lavatory and how they worked it out is one of life’s great mysteries.”
According to Lane, he was in awe of Fisher’s presence: “Most of my time with her involved me staring at her, wide-eyed and in blissful shock that one person could live a life so fully.”
Lane later recalled riding dog sleds in Canada, swimming in hot springs in Japan, and other adventures the two went on.
“Not every assistant job is like that. I was with her for nearly 3 years. Every moment is a treasure, inspiration. I love this woman and will forever,” Lane wrote. “She has been a force in my life from the moment I met her. To this day I think of her constantly. Every memory with her is bursting with color.”
Lane expressed sorrow at Fisher’s death but also joy that he got to know her, telling his friends that he felt “so lucky” to have been her employee.
“She was exactly the same in private as in public. Authentic. Honest. Real. A champion for mental health, veterans, feminism. She did anything for her family, loved her friends, embodied aliveness. I’ll miss her so, so much.”