Apparently 2016 is really striving to be the worst this world has ever seen, and unfortunately, it's having great success. On Dec. 28, TMZ broke the story that actor and singer Debbie Reynolds, mother of the recently deceased Carrie Fisher, was rushed to the emergency room. Just hours later, TMZ reported that Reynolds has died at age 84. But you may be wondering, how did Reynolds die? The Singin' in the Rain star was reportedly at her son Todd Fisher's home in Beverly Hills planning Fisher's funeral arrangements before being rushed to the hospital, according to TMZ. The site claimed Reynolds had a possible stroke. No cause of death has yet been confirmed. A representative for Reynolds could not be immediately reached, but Bustle will update in the event that we receive a statement.
TMZ also reported that Reynolds had been "distraught" since the Tuesday, Dec. 27 death of her daughter. Fisher reportedly suffered a heart attack just days before, while aboard a flight from London to Los Angeles. Being heartbroken about such a tragic loss is understandable — no person should have to bury their own child. It is truly devastating to lose two powerful and talented women, especially one right after the other.
Reynolds will be remembered for so much more than just another celebrity death in the train wreck of a year that was 2016. She, and her angelic singing voice, contributed so greatly to pop culture and the arts. It's clear the honorary Academy Award winner (she received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 2015) will live on through her countless amazing performances and chart-topping songs.
My thoughts are with both Reynolds and Fisher's families. Though the losses of these women leave a giant hole in the universe, it's a gift we got to experience the talents of the inspirational Fisher and her iconic mother Reynolds.