Debbie Reynolds, Oscar-nominated actress and the mother to the late Carrie Fisher, died at the age of 84 on Wednesday (Dec. 28, 2016) while making funeral arrangements for the Star Wars icon. According to her surviving son, Todd Fisher, the Singin’ in the Rain star told her family that she wanted to be with her daughter before suffering a stroke.
“I miss her so much, I want to be with Carrie,” Todd told TMZ of what was his mother’s final words.
Paramedics were called to Todd’s Beverly Hills home at around 1 PM after Debbie started feeling unwell. She passed away at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center five hours later.
Amid the tragedy, celebrities took to social media to mourn the loss of the movie legend. Expressing their grief over the death of the Hollywood mother-and-daughter duo, many sent their condolences to Scream Queens star Billie Lourd, who lost her mother and grandmother in less than 48 hours.
Debbie went to be with Carrie. She always worried about her. Carrie left too soon and now they are together again. My heart is literally broken. For 8 years she was my mom. She was pure energy & light when she came on stage. She was loving, and bawdy, and playful- a consummate pro- old school and yet had the work ethic and investment in her craft of a new fiery up and comer. She was always running off to Vegas or somewhere else “on the road” to be a hoofer, to sing and dance and make people laugh. She performed 340 days out of the year. An inspiration on every level. 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. A devoted mother and grandmother, and aunt and great aunt, and friend. I lost my mom a few years ago. She loved that Debbie was my TV mom. I hope they find each other and hug and kiss and my mom says, “I got you, Debbie. Carrie’s waiting for you.” RIP Bobbie Adler. ❤
So heartsick. Debbie went to be with Carrie. It’s such a devastating 1,2 punch. She was my “mom” for years & I loved her dearly.A legend.
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) December 29, 2016
Those wonderfully brilliant women have moved this entire planet with their relentlessly unique souls, and God knows it feels their loss.
— shannonwoodward (@shannonwoodward) December 29, 2016
My heart is breaking over Debbie Reynolds and I am sending all my light and strength to Billie Lourd.
— Frankie James Grande (@FrankieJGrande) December 29, 2016
There are no words left. RIP #DebbieReynolds
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) December 29, 2016
My heart is broken but Debbie and Carrie are together in the only way they could be. Both leave enormous legacies. Now enough 2016!
— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) December 29, 2016
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.
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) December 29, 2016
My daughter asked if it’s possible to die from a broken heart. I think Debbie Reynold’s knew her daughter needed her. God granted her wish
— Al Roker (@alroker) December 29, 2016
This. Just this devastatingly moving photograph. Just this. pic.twitter.com/PKTT7gPbBI
— Sarah Paulson (@MsSarahPaulson) December 29, 2016
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) December 29, 2016
American treasure. pic.twitter.com/8TZMxcbByb
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) December 29, 2016
Debbie Reynolds was pure class. She was loving, talented, beautiful, unsinkable. I feel sorry for anyone who never got a chance to meet her. pic.twitter.com/XrIDFuLfYU
— Larry King (@kingsthings) December 29, 2016
There is nothing harder than having to bury a child. Debbie died of a broken heart, but she’s with her daughter now. https://t.co/G3pcQCoViK
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) December 29, 2016
Ms.Reynolds has gone to be w/her daughter in Heaven. May the family find peace & feel the love the world has for them pic.twitter.com/c0VOIKbMel
— Mario Lopez (@MarioLopezExtra) December 29, 2016
Dear Debbie Reynolds, I totally get it. Hug her so tight for all of us.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) December 29, 2016
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) December 29, 2016
Fans who are still mourning the loss of Carrie, who died on Tuesday (Dec. 27, 2016) just days after suffering a massive heart attack, also created a shrine for the 60-year-old on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The message on the makeshift star read, “Carrie Fisher May the Force Be With You Always Hope.”
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) December 28, 2016