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
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.
Hollywood veteran Carl Reiner, who acted alongside Reynolds in the 1959 comedy The Gazebo, and later directed Carrie Fisher in the 1990 comedy Sibling Rivalry, tweeted: “How shocked we were to learn that Debbie Reynolds passed away just a day after her daughter Carrie. I loved & worked [with] both of these icons.”
Actor and singer Bette Midler also paid tribute to Reynolds on Twitter, saying she was “beautiful, talented, devoted to her craft”.
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.
Its so very sad to see a daughter and mother both pass away so close to one another. Both who we all say were great icons….
A Mothers Love, I call it. I do believe she hung on to stay alive just to see her daughter through the end. It’s so sad to hear about these celebrities, these everyday people who have everyday struggles just as you or I do. We don’t see them as having difficulties in their life or going through life’s struggles as an everyday person. We forget that they are just as human as we are and tend to focus on their fame or the next movie they will be in. One thing we should all remember is, everyone has demons that they will struggle to fight and conquer. Some more easier than others but one things for sure, we are all human and no one is perfect. What a great loss in both woman passing…
RIP: Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher