Just when you thought that 2016 couldn’t get any worse, it’s been confirmed tonight that Debbie Reynolds has died at the age of 84. Tragically, the news comes just one day after we learned that Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher had died following a heart attack last week.

Earlier this evening, TMZ reported that the actress, who became a Hollywood icon in the 1950s and 1960s after starring in the likes of Singin’ in the Rain and The Unsinkable Molly Brown, suffered a stroke and was rushed to the hospital. Just hours later, her son Todd Fisher confirmed to Variety that she had passed away, stating: “She wanted to be with Carrie.”.

Apparently, Reynolds and her son were discussing plans for Carrie’s funeral at his home when she took a turn for the worse and losing her beloved daughter whom she saw almost everyday since they lived on the same property was all too much for the icon. 

As well as being an Oscar-nominated actress, Reynolds topped the charts and was nominated for a Tony for her work on stage. On the small screen, she earned a Golden Globe nomination for The Debbie Reynolds Show and appeared in 2013’s Behind the Candelabra (that aired on HBO in America but had a theatrical release here in the UK).
Our thoughts go out to the family of both Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher at this hugely tragic time.