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Heartsick actress Debbie Reynolds dies aged 84

Dec 29, 2016, 6:22 AM EST
Debbie Reynolds black & white mural, pictured as a young 1950s star
(Source: Pamla J. Eisenberg/flickr)

Oscar-nominated U.S. actress Debbie Reynolds died aged 84, just a day after the death of her daughter and renowned actor and author Carrie Fisher. Reynolds’ son, Todd Fisher, said that the Hollywood legend could not handle the stress of her daughter’s demise and suffered a severe stroke.

The news left Reynolds’ admirers, friends and colleagues in a state of mourning, as several tributes and condolence messages poured in.  U.S. actress Bette Midler hailed Reynolds for her devotion to her craft, adding that her death was "too hard to comprehend," writes the BBC.

Reynolds took her first steps to fame at 16, when she was spotted by Warner Bros during a beauty pageant, but her role with co-star Gene Kelly in “Singin’ in the Rain” proved to be the real turning point in her journey to stardom, reports The Guardian.