In her 2013 autobiography, “Unsinkable,” actress Debbie Reynolds wrote of her “greatest fear” — outliving her daughter, Carrie Fisher.
Earlier this week, Reynolds had a fatal stroke while planning funeral arrangements for Fisher, who passed away the previous morning after suffering cardiac arrest on an airplane.
“It’s not natural to outlive your child,” Reynolds wrote in her 2013 text. “This has always been my greatest fear… I don’t know if I could survive that.”
According to Fisher’s brother, Todd Fisher, Reynolds was in hysterics after her daughter’s passing and cried out that she wanted to “be with Carrie.”
Reynolds described her love for her daughter in her book: “Carrie is my child and I love her with every ounce of strength I possess.”
Though the two women were known for having a strong bond as adults, things were not always so. Throughout Fisher’s twenties, she was estranged from her mother. The two did not speak for almost a decade.
“We had a fairly volatile relationship earlier on in my 20s,” Fisher told Oprah Winfrey in 2010. “I didn’t want to be around her. I did not want to be Debbie Reynolds’ daughter.”
Fisher and Reynolds’ eventual close bond will soon be on display for millions of Americans to see. Prior to their deaths, they worked closely with director Fisher Stevens on an HBO documentary about their relationship. It is set to air this spring.