Debbie Reynolds Dead at 84, Just Days After Daughter’s Death

By Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
December 28, 2016 Updated: December 28, 2016

Actress Debbie Reynolds, the mother of Carrie Fisher and star of the 1952 classic “Singin’ in the Rain,” died on Wednesday, her son confirmed to The Associated Press. She was 84.

She died just a day after her Fisher, 60, was pronounced dead in a hospital after suffering a heart attack while on a Los Angeles-bound flight.

TMZ first reported that Reynolds was rushed to the hospital after suffering a stroke.

But her son later confirmed to AP and TMZ that she died. The call was made at around 1 p.m. local time. According to the website, sources close to the family told them “they called 911 to report a possible stroke.”

Reynolds is survived by her son, Todd Fisher, who told TMZ: “She’s with Carrie.”

“She’s now with Carrie and we’re all heartbroken,” Fisher said from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where his mother was taken by ambulance earlier Wednesday. He said the stress of his sister’s death “was too much” for Reynolds, AP reported.

Other details were not immediately clear on her death.

When Carrie died, Reynolds released a statement on Facebook, saying:  “Thank you to everyone who has embraced the gifts and talents of my beloved and amazing daughter.”

“I am grateful for your thoughts and prayers that are now guiding her to her next stop,” she wrote.

Reynolds appeared in a slew of films since the 1950s. She received an Academy Award nomination for “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.”

Her messy divorce from singer Eddie Fisher, who left her for Elizabeth Taylor, made headlines in the late 1950s.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.