Billie Lourd and her father Bryan Lourd disavow unauthorised Carrie Fisher biography

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Carrie Fisher and Billie Lourd (Credit: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni)

Carrie Fisher's daughter Billie Lourd and her ex-husband Bryan Lourd have publicly disavowed a new biography about the late actress.

Writer Sheila Weller is about to publish Carrie Fisher: Life on the Edge, but in a statement, Billie and talent agency chairman Bryan have distanced themselves from it, saying that Weller did not know Fisher and that fans should read Fisher's own books instead.

“A person named Sheila Weller has taken it upon herself to sell and write an unauthorised biography based on my daughter’s mother, Carrie Fisher,” wrote Bryan Lourd in a statement to People.

“I do not know Ms. Weller. Billie does not know Ms. Weller. And, to my knowledge, Carrie did not know her. Ms. Weller sold this book on her own without our involvement.

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“For all the fans and friends of Carrie, I just thought it necessary that you know this information before you decided to purchase this book or consider what is being said in the upcoming press interviews Weller will do while trying to sell it.

Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds and Billie Catherine Lourd seen at 21st Annual SAG Awards Ceremony at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, January 25, 2015, in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for People/AP Images)

“To be clear I haven’t read the book. The only books about Carrie Fisher worth reading are the ones Carrie wrote herself. She perfectly told us everything we needed to know.”

Fisher died in 2016 at the age of 60 following a cardiac arrest on a plane journey from London to Los Angeles.

Lourd recently marked what would have been her 63rd birthday this week, by singing one of her favourite songs on a post to Instagram.

Fisher will appear in the forthcoming Star Wars movie, The Rise of Skywalker, with director JJ Abrams having utilised unused footage from The Force Awakens to stitch her into the final chapter in the current trilogy.

Fisher, who is seen in the latest trailer, was said to have had a key role in The Rise of Skywalker, but died before shooting began.

The movie lands in the UK on 19 December.