For the second day in a row, Carrie Fisher’s family is mourning the death of a family member.
Actress Debbie Reynolds has died at the age of 84, just one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher died at 60.
Reynolds was said to be at her son Todd Fisher’s home in Beverly Hills making funeral arrangements for her daughter Carrie Fisher when she suffered a stroke, according to TMZ. Todd Fisher said the stress of his sister’s death “was too much” for his mother to handle. He says his family is “heartbroken” at the twin tragedies.
There is a condition known as Broken Heart Syndrome associated with the loss of a loved one. Essentially, the heart muscle becomes temporarily stunned and does not contract or beat properly when someone is dealing with the death of a loved one.
Carrie Fisher died on Tuesday, four days after suffering a heart attack aboard an airline flight.
Fisher’s fans in London have planned a “saber”-light vigil Friday night at Victoria Park at 7:30 p.m. Organizer Andrew Kitt told AM980 they wanted to pay special tribute to Fisher.
“Carrie was just someone that embraced the fans as much as the fans embraced the work that she was part of. We’re all such big ‘Star Wars’ fans, guys had a chance to meet her up at a convention in Toronto and she actually embraced the fans and she loved the fans and she took the time. She really embodied what the Comicon culture and fan culture is and what it’s about.”
Kitt runs the annual London Comic Con.
The vigil will include various Star Wars fans groups in London, some of whom will speak on Friday.
“Everybody is welcome to come to the event, it’s just open and casual. We’re going to have couple of the guys from the Star Wars groups say a couple words about what her couple and she meant to them growing up and now. We’ll also be lighting sabers and candles and doing a little march around the park.”
Reynolds starred opposite Gene Kelly in the 1952 classic Singin’ in the Rain, and was nominated for an Oscar for her role in the musical The Unsinkable Molly Brown. She was also nominated for a Tony Award in 1973 for her performance in the Broadway musical Irene.
Reynolds received an honorary Oscar in 2015, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, but was too ill to attend the ceremony. Her granddaughter, actress Billie Lourd, accepted the statuette in her honour.
“I’m so sorry that I’m sick, but I am thrilled beyond words, shocked, and you couldn’t be more amazed that a little girl from Burbank even came near this sort of accolade,” she said in a pre-recorded statement.
She was recognized for her decades-long commitment to various charities, including the mental-health organization she founded, the Thalians.
Reynolds had two children with the late crooner Eddie Fisher, who left her for Elizabeth Taylor.
In a November interview with for the NPR show Fresh Air, Carrie Fisher spoke of her admiration for her mother, who she said had some recent health setbacks.
“She’s an immensely powerful woman, and I just admire my mother very much,” Carrie Fisher said. “There’s very few women from her generation who worked like that, who just kept a career going all her life, and raised children, and had horrible relationships, and lost all her money, and got it back again. I mean, she’s had an amazing life, and she’s someone to admire.”
Reynolds and Fisher appear together in a documentary that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. Bright Lights: Starring Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher is set to air on HBO in early 2017.