The last words of actress Debbie Reynolds before she died on Dec. 28 apparently referred to her daughter, “Star Wars” actress Carrie Fisher, who died one day earlier.
Reynolds was rushed to a hospital after she reportedly suffered a stroke on Wednesday. She told her son, Todd Fisher, hours before the stroke: “I miss her so much, I want to be with Carrie,” TMZ first reported. Todd also told Variety something similar: “She wanted to be with Carrie.”
“It happened very gently,” Carrie’s bother, Todd Fisher, told ABC News. “She loved taking care of my sister more than anything. So, she gets to do that and that’s what she wanted to do.”
He said doctors told him that her stroke was so severe that she wouldn’t be able to recover.
According to People, the 84-year-old “Singin’ in the Rain” actress was at her and Fisher’s Beverly Hills property when she was taken to the hospital due to a possible stroke.
Fisher, meanwhile, died on Tuesday at age 60 after suffering a heart attack on a Los Angeles-bound flight on Dec. 23.
“Thank you to everyone who has embraced the gifts and talents of my beloved and amazing daughter,” Reynolds, 84, wrote on Facebook about her daughter’s death. “I am grateful for your thoughts and prayers that are now guiding her to her next stop.”
No official cause of death has been revealed for either woman.
Both mother and daughter enjoyed the heights of show business success and endured the depths of personal strife. Their relationship for years ranged from strained to non-existent, a theme frequently explored in Fisher’s writing, but late in life they became allies and close confidantes in their struggles.
Reynolds lost one husband to Elizabeth Taylor and two other husbands plundered her for millions.
Fisher struggled from early in life with addiction and mental illness.
“There have been a few times when I thought I was going to lose Carrie,” Reynolds said when Oprah Winfrey interviewed both mother and daughter in 2011. “I’ve had to walk through a lot of my tears. But she’s worth it.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.