Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds has died aged 84, just one day after the death of her daughter, famed actor and author Carrie Fisher.
Her death was confirmed by her son, Todd Fisher.
Reynolds was taken to Cedars Sinai Medical Center on Wednesday afternoon. She had been in Beverly Hills following the death of Fisher, who reportedly suffered a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles last Friday.
Margaret Stewart, a spokeswoman with the Los Angeles fire department, confirmed that an ambulance was dispatched to the intersection near Todd Fisher’s Beverly Hills house following a 911 call at 1.02pm and that an adult female patient in fair to serious condition was taken to Cedars Sinai Medical Center.
The Los Angeles Times reported that the ambulance was called after Reynolds complained of breathing problems.
On Tuesday, Reynolds addressed Fisher’s death on Facebook, writing: “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. Love Carries Mother.”
Reynolds began her rise to stardom at 16, when she caught the eye of Warner Bros during a beauty pageant, but her first breakout role was co-starring with Gene Kelly in Singin’ in the Rain. She was nominated for an Academy Award for her work in 1964’s The Unsinkable Molly Brown.
Reynolds had two children, Carrie Fisher and Todd Fisher, with her first husband, singer Eddie Fisher. The couple divorced after Fisher had an affair with Elizabeth Taylor. She married and divorced twice more.
Carrie Fisher memorialized her tumultuous relationship with Reynolds in her semi-autobiographical novel, Postcards From the Edge. Reynolds wanted to play the role of the mother in the film adaptation of the book, but director Mike Nichols cast Shirley MacLaine instead.