Carrie Fisher cremated, ashes put in a Prozac-shaped urn

The sad death of Carrie Fisher (and her mother Debbie Reynolds on the next day) is leavened by one bit of humor. After Fisher was cremated, her ashes were put in an urn shaped like a big Prozac pill.  Fisher was well known to have suffered from bipolar disorder, and didn’t hide it at all. Now she (or her relatives) have flaunted it in death, knowing that she’d like that.  As the Washington Post reports:

It would seem fitting, then, that as a tribute to the iconic “Star Wars” princess’s equally memorable wit and blunt humor, her ashes were placed in one of her most prized possessions: an urn in the shape of a giant antidepressant pill.

Pictures from the funeral in Los Angeles Friday show Fisher’s younger brother, Todd, carrying a white and green Prozac pill-shaped urn. Todd Fisher told BBC News that he and Billie Lourd, Carrie Fisher’s daughter, “felt it was where she would want to be.”

“Well, Carrie’s favorite possession was a giant Prozac pill that she bought many years ago and she loved it. It was in her house,” Todd Fisher told BBC News after the funeral. “We couldn’t find anything appropriate. Carrie would like that. It was her favorite thing, so that’s how you do it.”

. . . “I am mentally ill. I can say that. I am not ashamed of that,” Fisher said on ABC News.

Over the years, Fisher used humor to cope with her illness. When WebMD asked her what it was like to be the poster child for bipolar disorder, she said, “Well, I am hoping to get the centerfold in Psychology Today.”

“That’s my way of surviving, to abstract it into something that’s funny and not dangerous,” she told People magazine. “It is not an entertainment. I’m not going to stop writing about it, but I have to understand it.”

 Ceiling Cat bless her! Here’s are two tw**ts by a Cher, but not the Cher:



  1. Hempenstein
    Posted January 9, 2017 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    Of all sorts of celebrity news, this certainly scores high on he poignancy scale, and also the newsworthiness scale, with its serious angle to the problem.

  2. Randall Schenck
    Posted January 9, 2017 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    If you have to put your ashes somewhere, why not. Certainly better than a ridiculous amount of money for a casket. Or even a stone – have you had to price one of those lately. I’ll take the prozac.

  3. Posted January 9, 2017 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    I always loved Carrie Fisher’s honest humor, she’s one of the few celebrities I would’ve liked to have had lunch with.

  4. Ken Kukec
    Posted January 9, 2017 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    Always wondered what became of “Cher” from Clueless.

  5. Posted January 9, 2017 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    Love it. When she was interviewed by Stephen Fry in a BBC programme about bipolar many years ago she shot up in my estimation. Not just an actress, she was a brave advocate for mental health issues. That her family should carry on her legacy at the funeral is pure genius, and a marvellous tribute to a brave and amazing person.

  6. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted January 9, 2017 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    It must be hard to love a schizophrenic all the time… :/

  7. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted January 9, 2017 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

    The more I learn of Carrie Fisher the more I’m starting to like and respect her.

    (I’m sorry to say I mentally wrote her off mostly because of Princess Leia with that ugly un-sexy hairdo. And not being a fan of Star Wars in any way). My mistake.


  8. Posted January 9, 2017 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    I admire Carrie Fisher for her honesty about her bipolar disorder. It occurs in more people than you might think and differs from person to person. My bipolar sister-in-law was considered most normal when she was “up, not down. A close friend was just the opposite. And he tended to so some very unusual things when in a manic phase. One of my bosses was bipolar. But, I don’t think there are anywhere near as many people with bipolar disorders as there are people who chronically fight depression. For some of us, depression runs in the family. At least three generations of my family are depressives.

  9. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted January 9, 2017 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    When I first heard this story I had no idea of the backstory, so I was all like ‘wtf’, but now I think it is totally cool.

  10. Rupinder
    Posted January 10, 2017 at 2:12 am | Permalink

    Wow! What a gesture! Will certainly help in spreading more awareness about mental health and generate empathy for those who suffer from various disorders of brain.

  11. Posted January 10, 2017 at 3:48 am | Permalink

    One of the most disgusting spectacles in the last few weeks was the pile-on on Steve Martin by people assuming they were entitled to be offended on Carrie Fisher’s behalf.

    Fisher was irreverent and would not have been offended; among the presents she gave Stephen Fry was a sign saying ‘Come in – we’re all cunts’ and a Dick-Orette patches for sex addiction yet her ‘defenders’ chose to paint her as some kind of victim.

  12. Posted January 10, 2017 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    I’m all for raising awareness of mental disorders, and this seems to be a good use of celebrity to do it.

  13. Posted January 20, 2017 at 1:42 am | Permalink

    Only Carrie would want to finish this way

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