The tragic news just keeps pouring in from the entertainment world, with word now emerging that Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds, the mother of Carrie Fisher, has passed away at the age of 84.
Reynolds’ death comes barely a day after that of her daughter Fisher, who died on Wednesday morning (AUS time) after suffering a heart attack on a long-haul flight from London to Los Angeles.
Earlier today reports emerged that Reynolds had been rushed to hospital after suffering an apparent stroke. Reports at the time suggested that emergency medical personnel were called to Reynolds’ son Todd‘s Beverly Hills home after Reynolds fell ill while discussing funeral plans for her daughter.
TMZ has now confirmed that Reynolds has subsequently died, with a quote attributed to Todd simply stating “She’s with Carrie.”
Reynolds, a Hollywood icon in her own right, rose to fame thanks to her legendary role in the all-time classic ‘Singin’ In The Rain,’ and she quickly became a mainstay in the upper echelons of Hollywood’s golden age.
In recent times, Reynolds’ relationship with her daughter had been extremely close and very well documented, becoming first the subject of Fisher’s semi-autobiographical book ‘Postcards from the Edge,’ and then the subsequent film adaptation which starred Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine.
The family has now lost two prominent members in quick succession, and in particular Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd has lost both her mother and grandmother in the space of 24 awful hours. The heart can do naught but ache for her in this unfathomable time.
Rest well, Debbie & Carrie. What a heartbreaking week.
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