10:38 29 December 2016
US actress Debbie Reynolds has died just one day after her daughter, Carrie Fisher, passed away.
Debbie Reynolds, who starred opposite Gene Kelly in the 1952 musical Singin’ in the Rain, was rushed to a hospital with a suspected stroke before she passed away a few hours later. Her son, Todd Fisher, said that his mother’s last words were that she wanted to be with Carrie.
Reynolds had been discussing arrangements for Carrie’s funerals at her son’s house in Beverly Hills when she was taken ill. Todd remembered his mom saying:"I miss her so much; I want to be with Carrie."
He then added: "She's now with Carrie and we're all heartbroken.''
She was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre due to breathing difficulties and died a couple of hours later. Her death came just one day after Carrie, renowned for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars series, died aged 60 after spending three days in a Los Angeles hospital.
Stars and fans quickly paid tribute following the news of her death. Actress Debra Messing who played Reynold’s daughter in the sitcom Will and Grace, said: "A legend of course. The epitome of clean-cut American optimism, dancing with Gene Kelly as an equal, a warrior woman who never stopped working.''
Actor Rip Torn, who worked with Reynolds in her Las Vegas stage show, said: "I was blessed to work with this remarkable woman for 45 almost 50 years. That makes for a very rare bond and unique relationship."
"She was generous to a fault, never caring who got the laugh from the audience. I will always love her."