Watch CBS News

Hundreds Of 'Star Wars' Fans Hold Lightsaber Memorial For Carrie Fisher

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com)  —  Hundreds of "Star Wars" fans held a lightsaber memorial Wednesday evening for Carrie Fisher.

The actress who created the iconic role in the smash "Star Wars" movies, died Tuesday at 60. Fisher's mom, screen icon Debbie Reynolds, died Wednesday.

Around 7 p.m. Wednesday night, "Star Wars" and Fisher fans gathered at  downtown Disney to hold a vigil.

Rather than use candles, the fans brought -- more appropriate and symbolic -- lightsabers.

Event organizer Jeff Rowan said the tribute was a random thing but wanted to pay homage to Fisher in some way.

"I think a lightsaber vigil was fitting," Rowan said, "even if technically [as Princess Leia] she never carried one. But I thought this was a very fitting way for us to say good-bye to her."

CBS2's Tom Wait, meanwhile, spoke to comic Rip Taylor who worked with Reynolds for decades.

He told Wait he hasn't cried in 35 years but losing his pal has hit him "like a ton of bricks."

 

EMERGENCY COMPONENT - LOCAL

View CBS News In
CBS News App Open
Chrome Safari Continue
Be the first to know
Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting.