Why Carrie Fisher’s obituary wish is making us laugh-cry bittersweet tears

On December 27th, we lost one of the best people on the planet. While we all might immediately hear “Carrie Fisher” and think “Princess Leia,” Carrie Fisher was so much more than just an actress — she was an author, a champion for mental health issues, and she was so goddamn funny. If you don’t believe that, then you need to know that Carrie actually wrote her own obituary, and it will make you cry, and then laugh so hard.

As word began to spread of Carrie’s passing, a passage from her book, Wishful Drinking began circulating. In the book, Carrie has a simple request:

No matter how I go, I want it reported that I drowned in moonlight, strangled by my own bra.

Now you need to hear the backstory behind this, because it is so true to Carrie — and has a Star Wars twist, too.

You see, as Star Wars legend has it, Carrie was not allowed to wear undergarments playing Princess Leia in A New Hope. WHY? Because George Lucas insisted that there wouldn’t be underwear in space, so Carrie couldn’t wear a bra (more Star Wars legend: she actually taped her breasts down, as a makeshift bra, because #resourceful).


George went on to explain that because of the weightlessness of space, any bra Carrie was wearing would “strangle” her, and even still, he wasn’t going to let her wear a bra under that white dress. This did not go over well with Carrie, who took the opportunity not to fight this, but rather, tuck it away for a great joke later on down the road.

Sadly, the time for Carrie’s great joke is right now, and the least we can do is honor her request. Carrie didn’t die from complications from her heart attack. She drowned in the moonlight, strangled by her own bra, and don’t you ever forget that.

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