Date
17 August 2017
Debbie Reynolds (left) was rushed to hospital on Wednesday after suffering a stroke. Her daughter Carrie Fisher (right) died after suffering a heart attack on a plane. Photo: Reuters
Debbie Reynolds (left) was rushed to hospital on Wednesday after suffering a stroke. Her daughter Carrie Fisher (right) died after suffering a heart attack on a plane. Photo: Reuters

Actress Debbie Reynolds dies, day after daughter Carrie Fisher

US actress Debbie Reynolds has died, a day after the death of her daughter Carrie Fisher, BBC News reports.

US media said the 84-year-old had a stroke. She was taken to a Los Angeles hospital earlier on Wednesday.

The Hollywood legend is best known for her role in the 1952 musical Singin’ in the Rain, opposite Gene Kelly.

Fisher, renowned for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars series, died on Tuesday following a cardiac arrest on a plane.

“She wanted to be with Carrie,” Reynolds’ son, Todd Fisher, was quoted as telling Variety magazine.

On Tuesday Reynolds posted a statement about her daughter’s death 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 received a best-actress Academy Award nomination for the 1964 musical The Unsinkable Molly Brown.

In 2015, she was given a lifetime achievement award by the Screen Actors Guild. The award was presented to her by her daughter.

Reynolds married singer Eddie Fisher in 1955, and had two children, Carrie and Todd.

The couple divorced in 1959. Reynolds married twice more.

Carrie Fisher shot to fame in Star Wars, but had a number of other roles including in Woody Allen’s Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) and When Harry Met Sally (1989).

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