A day after losing actress Carrie Fisher at the age of 60, America lost a Hollywood legend, Debbie Reynolds at the age of 84. For one family, it was a gut-wrenching double blow.
Carrie, known best for her role as Princess Leia in the “Star Wars” franchise, died after suffering a heart attack aboard an 11-hour flight from London to Los Angeles on Friday. Passengers performed CPR on her after she stopped breathing, but she passed away in a hospital a few days later on Tuesday.
Debbie, best known for her breakout role as Kathy Selden in “Singin’ in the Rain,” died after suffering a stroke at her home around noon on Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles Times.
They were mother and daughter.
According to Debbie’s son Todd Fisher, she was grief-stricken over the unexpected death of her daughter and expressed to him that she missed Carrie and wanted to be with her again. She complained about breathing problems and had a stroke a short time later.
Speaking to Variety, Todd said, “She wanted to be with Carrie.”
Sister Joely Fisher wrote on Twitter, “Some of the magic people have left the tribe...for the moment I am inconsolable…” followed by three broken heart icons.
Actor Albert Brooks expressed on Twitter, “Debbie Reynolds, a legend and my movie mom. I can't believe this happened one day after Carrie. My heart goes out to Billie [Carrie’s daughter].”
Actor William Shatner, best known for his role as Captain Kirk in “Star Trek,” wrote on Twitter: “Debbie Reynolds was one of the last of Hollywood Royalty. It breaks my heart that she is gone. I'd hoped that my grieving was done for 2016.”