Jazmin Kopotsha | Culture Writer | Thursday, 29 December 2016

Hollywood Icon Debbie Reynolds Dies One Day After The Death Of Her Daughter Carrie Fisher

The Debrief: From Singin’ In The Rain right through to Halloweentown, Debbie Reynold’s career spanned generations

Hollywood icon and Oscar-nominated singer-actress Debbie Reynolds has died aged 84. Reynolds is believed to have suffered a stroke, just one day after her daughter and beloved Star Wars actress, Carrie Fisher, passed away.  

Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher

The devastating loss was confirmed by her son, Todd Fisher, who said: ‘The last thing she said this morning was that she was very, very das about losing Carrie and that she would like to be with her again’, reports the Guardian. Just 15 minutes later Reynolds suffered a stroke and was rushed to hospital. 

Heartbreakingly, Reynolds was at her son Todd Fisher’s house to discuss Carrie’s funeral when she was taken ill. According to reports by TMZ, Reynolds really struggled with the grief of her daughter’s death, and said ‘I miss her so much, I want to be with Carrie’ hours before she died. 

Debbie Reynolds

Tributes from celebrities who knew the actress have expectedly been pouring across social media. Billie Lourd, Carrie Fisher’s daughter and Debbie Reynolds’ granddaughter, posted a picture to Facebook of the three of them together at the Screen Actors Guild Awards back in 2015, while Debra Messing (Grace, from Will and Grace) summed up so many of our feelings in her tweet: “So heartsick. Debbie went to be with Carrie. It’s such a devastating 1,2 punch”. 



Reynolds’ showbiz career took off at the age of 19. Probably best known for her roles as Kathy Selden in the 1952 musical Singin’ in the Rain, badass grandma in the Halloweentown franchise, and as Grace’s mother Bobbi Adler in TV show Will and Grace, Reynolds’ career spanned decades and touched generations. There’s no doubt that she’ll be sorely missed by many. 

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