On the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 28 unfathomable news broke when it was reported that Debbie Reynolds died at the age of 84, only one day after her daughter, Carrie Fisher, passed away at 60. Only a few hours before news of Reynolds death broke, it was reported that she suffered a possible stroke while at her son's home and, according to TMZ, they were planning funeral arrangements for Carrie. With the incredibly heartbreaking news that a beloved mother and daughter have died within a day of each other, it's only natural for fans to wonder about their other family members, including who Todd Fisher, Carrie's brother and Reynolds' son, is.
Todd confirmed the news of Reynolds' death to Variety with a short, but truly emotional statement: “She wanted to be with Carrie."
Carrie and Todd were Reynolds' only children; their father was actor Eddie Fisher to whom Reynolds was married for four years during the 1950s. Todd and Carrie also have two half-siblings on their father's side, actors Tricia Leigh and Joely Fisher.
Todd, like many other members of his family — including his niece, Carrie Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd — is also involved in the entertainment business. According to his IMDb bio, he is an "actor, director, cinematographer, and producer of television films and documentaries." He also worked on businesses with his mother including the Debbie Reynolds Hotel & Casino and with her management company. His official website lists that he was working on a project about his mother called Debbie Reynolds - The Final Auction that says it is "coming this spring," although it's unclear when the website was last updated. As for his acting roles, he has been in two projects, both of which featured Reynolds: Debbie Reynolds and the Sound of Children, from 1969 when he would have been a child himself, and These Old Broads from 2001.
My sister has graduated to heaven, but she has left us all with so much of her,— Todd Fisher (@tafish) December 28, 2016
It is a very sad time for my family and all her friends.
While Todd has, understandably, not yet given a further statement about his mother, he did post a tweet about his sister following her death on Tuesday (above). For most people what Todd is facing right now is unimaginable. One can only hope that he eventually finds some strength or solace knowing that his mother wanted to be with Carrie.