Nearly a month after the terrible news of her death that caused the world to mourn her loss, Carrie Fisher’s one-time fiancé Dan Aykroyd has penned a moving essay about his friend and former lover for the latest issue of Empire magazine.

64 year old Aykroyd, star of comedy classics such as Ghostbusters and The Blues Brothers, proposed to Fisher on the set of the latter film back in 1980. However, the engagement ended when she reconciled with her former boyfriend Paul Simon.

He and Fisher remained friends after that, however, and in the essay he reflected on their time together, their plans for marriage and even their occasional recreational drug use.

Dan AykroydDan Aykroyd pictued in July 2016

“I met Carrie at ‘Saturday Night Live’,” he began. “She and John Belushi became instant pals. I remember how much she made him laugh. Later, while filming Blues Brothers, Carrie and I fell in love and during the shoot she moved in with me into a penthouse suite in the futuristic, aluminium-clad Astro Tower, which I knew to apologize for. Carrie had the most refined eye for art and design.”

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Their relationship blossomed quickly, and they decided to get married. He presented her with a sapphire ring, and Fisher “a Donald Roller Wilson oil painting of a monkey in a blue dress next to a tiny floating pencil.” He kept it for several years, until “it began to frighten my children.”

“One of the most brilliant and hilarious minds of our eon, Carrie would say things like: 'I love tiny babies. When they cry they turn red and look like screaming tomatoes'," he continued. "OR 'This romance is finished the second you let out even a threep. I’ll be sick for a year.' AND 'You have a jawline, hold your chin up otherwise you look like a tuna.' From then on I would identify myself on the phone as Tuna Neck.”

However, she got back together with singer-songwriter Paul Simon later in 1980, and that was the end of their short but intense romance.

“Carrie wasn’t shallow, we had a great time. She was also in love with Paul Simon. She married him but I hope she kept my ring.”

Fisher passed away in hospital at the age of 60 back on December 27th, having suffered a heart attack on a transatlantic flight to Los Angeles four days previously.

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