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Read Dan Aykroyd’s Moving, Funny Tribute to Carrie Fisher

Comedian shares memories from his time with “one of the most brilliant and hilarious minds of our eon”

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"[Carrie] was also in love with Paul Simon," Dan Aykroyd writes in tribute to Carrie Fisher, his ex-fiancée. "She married him but I hope she kept my ring."

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Dan Aykroyd remembered Carrie Fisher as “one of the most brilliant and hilarious minds of our eon” in a tribute that appeared in the March issue of Empire. “I grew up as a simple Catholic kid … so you can imagine how much of a privilege and honor it was for me to have known this one-off, broke-the-mold woman as a great friend,” he wrote.

Much of his eulogy focused on amusing memories from the period when he and Fisher were romantically involved. “[S]he gave me a Donald Roller Wilson oil painting of a monkey in a blue dress next to a tiny floating pencil,” he remembered, “which I kept for years until it began to frighten my children.” “Carrie would say things like … ‘You have a jawline, hold your chin up otherwise you look like a tuna,'” he added. “From then on I would identify myself on the phone as Tuna Neck.”

On another particularly memorable occasion, Aykroyd and Fisher decided to celebrate Christmas by watching movies and taking acid. “Having obtained some original Owsley from our friend Tom Davis, we flew up to Reno, rented a wagon and checked in for three days of full-on weeping to Christmas classics,” Aykroyd recalled. He described the trip as “one of the planet’s greatest occasions where LSD was a factor.”

He finishes the tribute on a cheerful note. “[Carrie] was also in love with Paul Simon,” he wrote of his former fiancée. “She married him but I hope she kept my ring.”

Fisher died December 27th, not long after experiencing a cardiac episode. Her ashes were recently laid to rest next to the body of her mother, the actress Debbie Reynolds, who died December 28th.

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