On Thursday evening, legendary Hollywood actress Debbie Reynolds died at the age of 84. Her loss is all the more heartbreaking due to the fact that it was only a day prior that her daughter, Carrie Fisher, passed away after suffering a reported heart attack whilst on a transatlantic flight.
The reaction online was, as perhaps expected, that of shock and disbelief – from celebrities and fans alike.
#DebbieReynolds has just died. This is too hard to comprehend. Beautiful, talented, devoted to her craft, she follows Carrie, dead days ago.
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) 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
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) December 29, 2016
I can't imagine what kind of pain the family of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds are feeling right now. My prayers are with them.
— Gabby SidiBae (@GabbySidibe) 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
I can't imagine what Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds' family are going through this week. I send all of my love.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) December 29, 2016
I've had occasion to hear of husbands going within days of their wives and vice versa. But never before a Mom for her…RIP #DebbieReynolds
— Ron Perlman (@perlmutations) 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
RIP Debbie Reynolds. Shocking and so sad. https://t.co/Uo4ZwUjV61
— Shannen Doherty (@DohertyShannen) December 29, 2016
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) December 29, 2016
Debbie Reynolds, a legend and my movie mom. I can't believe this happened one day after Carrie. My heart goes out to Billie.
— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) December 29, 2016
— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) December 29, 2016
— Eric McCormack (@EricMcCormack) December 29, 2016
The Golden Globes
Godspeed, dear Debbie Reynolds, as if this year did not have enough. You'll be missed. Rest in Peace. pic.twitter.com/i0PznMOIaR
— Golden Globe Awards (@goldenglobes) December 29, 2016
Reynolds’s death hit home in a very personal way for many of her fans. Many of them took to Twitter to remember why the acclaimed actress stole the show in their hearts.
— Kathy Fuller (@fullerkathy1) December 29, 2016
Debbie Reynolds in "Singin in the Rain" made a young me very very very happy. Totally breaks my heart to see her go. #RIPDebbieReynolds
— Max Gomez (@maxkgom) December 29, 2016
While growing up few characters made me happier than Bobbi Adler and Aggie Cromwell. RIP @DebbieReynolds1.
— Ashley (@ashleyb2792) December 29, 2016
My heart is broken in to a million pieces that Debbie Reynolds is gone. I spent so much of my childhood watching her in awe.
— LAUREN (@wuteverlauren) December 29, 2016
Omg just found out Debbie Reynolds died. She was part of my childhood with Halloweentown. I'm so upset
— Amber Chartier (@amberxgrace313) December 29, 2016
i don't even know how i'm going to get the nerve to come home to grandma tonight and tell her our love, Debbie Reynolds, has died.
— baby bleu (@_BellaCwik_) December 29, 2016