Debbie Reynolds dies, aged 84, one day after daughter Carrie Fisher

Oscar-nominated star told her son ‘that she would like to be with Carrie again’, 15 minutes before she had severe stroke

Debbie Reynolds dies, aged 84, one day after daughter Carrie Fisher
Debbie Reynolds with her daughter, Carrie Fisher. Reynolds’ big break came in Singin’ in the Rain in 1952.
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Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds has died aged 84, just one day after the death of her daughter, famed actor and author Carrie Fisher.

Her death was confirmed by her son, Todd Fisher.

“The last thing she said this morning was that she was very, very sad about losing Carrie and that she would like to be with her again,” Fisher said. “Fifteen minutes later she suffered a severe stroke.”

Reynolds died just hours after she was taken to Cedars Sinai Medical Center from her son’s house in Beverly Hills on Wednesday afternoon.

“The only thing we’re taking solace in is that what she wanted to do was take care of her daughter, which is what she did best,” he added.

On Friday, Carrie Fisher reportedly suffered a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles. Reynolds posted on her Facebook page that Fisher was in stable condition on Christmas Day.

Carrie Fisher died two days later.

On Tuesday, Reynolds addressed Fisher’s death on Facebook, writing: “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. Love Carries Mother.”

“So heartsick. Debbie went to be with Carrie. It’s such a devastating 1,2 punch,” tweeted Debra Messing. Reynolds played Messing’s mother on the sitcom Will & Grace.

“She was my ‘mom’ for years & I loved her dearly. A legend,” Messing added.

Albert Brooks, who directed and co-starred in 1996’s Mother with Reynolds, was another of the star’s “children” who paid tribute on Wednesday.

Reynolds began her rise to stardom at 16, when she caught the eye of Warner Bros during a beauty pageant, but her first breakout role was co-starring with Gene Kelly in Singin’ in the Rain. She was nominated for an Academy Award for her work in 1964’s The Unsinkable Molly Brown.

Reynolds had her two children, Carrie and Todd, with her first husband, singer Eddie Fisher. The couple divorced after Fisher had an affair with Elizabeth Taylor. She married and divorced twice more.

Carrie Fisher memorialized her tumultuous relationship with Reynolds in her semi-autobiographical novel, Postcards From the Edge. Reynolds wanted to play the role of the mother in the film adaptation of the book, but director Mike Nichols cast Shirley MacLaine instead.

Fisher spoke about her mother’s declining health in May, telling People magazine that the star had been “a little more frail” during the filming of their documentary Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds.

Todd Fisher told ABC News in June that Reynolds had suffered a “small stroke” while in the hospital recovering from an operation.

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