According to TMZ, Fisher’s assistant Corby McCoin took Gary under his wing “almost immediately” after her death and is now his outright owner.
Days after her death, Fisher’s family said that Gary would live with Lourd, especially because Gary was “best friends” with her bulldog, Tina. Given that McCoin was Fisher’s “constant companion” and was always around Gary, the family decided it would be best for him to live with the human with whom he had already established a connection rather than a bulldog pal.
Insiders tell TMZ that Corby is not cashing in by taking Gary: “She just feels taking Gary is the right thing to do.”
A public memorial service was held for Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds on Saturday, Mar. 25, at Forest Lawn Cemetary. Both Lourd and Gary were missing from the ceremony. Todd Fishertold USA Today that Lourd did not attend because it would have been emotionally distressing.
“I think she would have loved it. But it would have ripped her heart out,” said Fisher. “It ripped my heart out.”