In case this year wasn't dark enough for you yet, TMZ announced Wednesday night that actor Debbie Reynolds reportedly passed away at the age of 84, hours after she was rushed to the hospital for what was rumored to be stroke. The reported stroke came only a day after her daughter, actress Carrie Fisher, passed away Tuesday after also being rushed to the hospital for a heart attack. Sadly but perhaps not surprisingly, according to TMZ, Reynolds was at her helping to plan Fisher's funeral when the stroke happened.
But perhaps we shouldn't be too sad for Reynolds. It's not uncommon that elderly people can "will" their own passing after a child or spouse dies — sometimes, the world without them just isn't worth living in, and the stress is too great. According to TMZ, Reynold's last words were no less direct thank "I miss her so much, I want to be with Carrie."
It's been a sad year for celebrity deaths, and unsurprisingly, Twitter responded to the seemingly-poetically-timed death of Debbie Reynolds, who was known for roles in movies like Singin' In the Rain, in kind. While many responses were basically just versions of "WTF," some were truly touching.
"I gave it all that I had, and it's gratifying that others seem to be receiving it so well.” RIP Debbie Reynolds pic.twitter.com/FKgQqZrovq— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) December 29, 2016
Debbie Reynolds was an LGBT ally when it wasn't cool to do so. We must make sure icons and trailblazers like her are not forgotten. pic.twitter.com/L181yGDoPQ— Teigan Reamsbottom (@teiganish) December 29, 2016
"Debbie Reynolds, mother of Carrie Fisher, has passed--" pic.twitter.com/w6OJzDxhsc— RJ Aguiar (@rj4gui4r) December 29, 2016
I can only see Debbie Reynolds' passing as from a broken heart. As a mother, I would. Love to those who loved mother & daughter dynamic duo.— Clare Kramer (@ClareKramer) December 29, 2016
Debbie Reynolds final words "I just want to be with Carrie." Such a mother daughter bond. RIP to two beautiful women.— Amanda Hodson (@achnva16) December 29, 2016
How about we all just take the next few days off. Bye 2016! Now Mom, Debbie Reynolds dies. Final words.."I want to be with Carrie" pic.twitter.com/wnGaLV0lKa— Barry Cunningham (@barrycunningham) December 29, 2016