Carrie Fisher would seem to have taken her devilish sense of humour with her to the very end.
The beloved ‘Star Wars’ icon was laid to rest on Saturday 7 January – alongside her mother Debbie Reynolds, who passed away a day after her daughter – and her final remains were given a somewhat unusual send off, as her ashes were carried in an urn in the shape of giant Prozac pill.
The actress and writer, who passed away on 27 December following a cardiac arrest, had struggled with depression and addiction throughout her life, and had long spoken openly on the subject.
Whilst it would seem Fisher had not left specific instructions for how she wanted her remains to be interred, her brother Todd Fisher and daughter Billie Lourd felt it was fitting.
Todd Fisher told the BBC, “Carrie’s favourite possession was a giant Prozac pill that she bought many years ago. She loved it, it was in her house, and Billie and I felt it was where she would want to be.
“We couldn’t find anything appropriate – Carrie would like that, it was her favourite thing, so that’s how you do it.”
Introduced in 1988, Prozac (the brand name of Fluoxetine) is used to treat a variety of mental health issues including depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and bulimia. Its widespread use opened up a broader dialogue about mental health in the 1990s.