Hollywood icon Debbie Reynolds died Wednesday at a Los Angeles hospital hours after suffering a possible stroke one day after the passing of her daughter, “Star Wars” actress Carrie Fisher.
“She’s now with Carrie and we’re all heartbroken,” Reynolds’ son, Todd Fisher, told Variety following the death of his 84-year-old mother, a screen legend whose remarkable career spanned more than six decades.
Her son said the shock of his sister’s death on Tuesday — four days after suffering a massive heart attack — “was too much” for Reynolds.
“She said, ‘I want to be with Carrie,’” Todd said. “And then she was gone.”
Reynolds — best known for her roles on stage and screen, including the 1952 movie musical classic “Singin’ in the Rain” — was rushed to the hospital from her son’s Beverly Hills home, where they were discussing funeral arrangements for Fisher, TMZ reported.
A short time after her daughter died, Reynolds penned a heartfelt Facebook post honoring the troubled actress and author.
“Thank you to everyone who has embraced the gifts and talents of my beloved and amazing daughter,” she said. “I am grateful for your thoughts and prayers that are now guiding her to her next stop. Love Carrie’s Mother.”
Reynolds led the quintessential Hollywood life, starring in musicals on the silver screen as well as television shows. She had three high profile marriages, suffered through devastating divorces, and even cultivated a substantial cache of iconic Tinseltown memorabilia.
Reynolds hoped to one day open a museum devoted to classic objects such as Charlie Chaplin’s signature comic hat, Frank Sinatra’s suave tuxedo, and Marilyn Monroe’s slinky white dress from “The Seven Year Itch.”
She eventually had to sell the items at auction for financial reasons after her dream crashed. The last batch sold in may 2014.