29 Dec 2016

Debbie Reynolds dies, a day after daughter Carrie Fisher's death

2:55 pm on 29 December 2016

Academy Award-nominated actress Debbie Reynolds has died in hospital, a day after her daughter Carrie Fisher passed away, according to US media reports

Carrie Fisher, left, and her mother Debbie Reynolds.

Carrie Fisher, left, and Debbie Reynolds Photo: AFP

Reynolds, 84, was at her son Todd Fisher's home in Beverly Hills, California, discussing funeral arrangements for her Star Wars actress daughter Carrie Fisher, who died on Tuesday, when she fell ill, TMZ reported.

She was rushed to hospital, but her son confirmed she had died a short time ago, AP and Variety has reported.

Emergency services were called shortly after 1 pm (local time), said TMZ, which reported that she had a possible stroke.

Fisher died in hospital yesterday after having a heart attack on a flight last Friday.

Reynolds made a public statement thanking the fans of Fisher, who was 60.

"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 Carrie's Mother," she wrote on her Facebook page.

Fisher was the daughter of Reynolds and former husband pop singer Eddie Fisher. The pair split when their daughter was two, after Eddie Fisher had an affair with Elizabeth Taylor. He later married Taylor.

Starting her career in musicals, Reynolds has a long list of acting credits and a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for the 1965 film The Unsinkable Molly Brown.

She continued to work in later years, voicing Granny Squirrel in 2010's The Penguins of Madagascar and Mrs Wilson in Family Guy.

Reynolds had been in frail health in the past year, and she missed a dinner in November 2015 to receive an honorary Oscar. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said at the time that she was unable to attend because of "an unexpectedly long recovery from recent surgery."

The nature of her illness was not disclosed. Fisher told reporters in May 2016 that her mother was "doing really well" but she did not give details.

Actresses Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher in 2010.

Actresses Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher in 2010. Photo: AFP

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