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Popular actress dies a day after daughter's death

29 December 2016, 15:10

Debbie Reynolds, a leading lady in Hollywood musicals and comedies in the 1950s and 1960s, including “Singing’ in the Rain,” died on Wednesday, her son Todd Fisher said.

According to Fisher, his mother died one day after the death of her daughter, actress Carrie Fisher.

Reynolds, 84, an Oscar-nominated singer-actress, was rushed to Cedars-Sinai hospital earlier on Wednesday,.

“It’s true she’s with Carrie,” her son told Reuters, adding that shortly before suffering a stroke, Reynolds had said she missed her daughter and wanted to be with her.

“She left very shortly after that and those were the last words she spoke,’’ Fisher said.

After the news of Reynolds’ death, numerous people took to social media and wrote that “she died of a broken heart.’’

One of the most enduring and endearing Hollywood stars of her time, Reynolds received a best actress Academy Award nomination for the 1964 musical; “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.’’

Carrie Fisher, who rose to fame as Princess Leia in the “Star Wars” films and later battled through drug addiction before going on to tell her story as a best-selling author, died on Tuesday at age 60 after suffering a heart attack last Friday.

After Fisher’s death, Reynolds said on Facebook, “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.’’

Reynolds had been in frail health in 2015, and she missed a dinner last November to receive an honorary Oscar.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said at the time that she was unable to attend because of “an unexpectedly long recovery from recent surgery.”

The nature of her illness was not disclosed. Fisher told reporters in May that his mother was “doing really well,” but he did not give details.

- NAN

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