Debbie Reynolds taken ill day after death of daughter Carrie Fisher

Former Hollywood actress in Los Angeles hospital after suffering possible stroke

 Debbie Reynolds  with her daughter  Carrie Fisher  after accepting her lifetime achievement honour  at the  Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles in January  2015. Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters

Debbie Reynolds with her daughter Carrie Fisher after accepting her lifetime achievement honour at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles in January 2015. Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters

 

Debbie Reynolds, a leading lady in Hollywood musicals and comedies in the 1950s and 1960s, was rushed to hospital on Wednesday, according to media reports, a day after the death of her daughter, actress Carrie Fisher.

Ms Reynolds (84) was at her son Todd Fisher’s home in Beverly Hills, California, discussing funeral arrangements for Ms Fisher, who died on Tuesday, website TMZ reported. Someone in the house called 911 shortly after 1pm local time.

E! News said Ms Reynolds was transported in fair to serious condition. TMZ reported that she had a possible stroke.

People magazine reported that the Los Angeles fire department responded to a request for medical aid at Mr Fisher’s address and transported a woman in fair to serious condition to Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre. The hospital would not confirm Ms Reynolds was there.

Representatives for Ms Reynolds did not returns calls for comment.

One of the most enduring and endearing Hollywood stars of her time, Ms Reynolds received a best actress Academy Award nomination for the 1964 musical The Unsinkable Molly Brown. She also starred in Singin’ in the Rain.

Carrie Fisher, who rose to fame as Princess Leia in the Star Wars films and later battled through drug addiction before going on to tell her story as a best-selling author, died on Tuesday at the age of 60 after suffering a heart attack last Friday.

After Ms Fisher’s death, Ms Reynolds said on Facebook: “Thank you to everyone who has embraced the gifts and talents of my beloved and amazing daughter. I am grateful for your thoughts and prayers that are now guiding her to her next stop.”

Ms Reynolds had been in frail health in the past year, and she missed a dinner in November 2015 to receive an honorary Oscar. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said at the time that she was unable to attend because of “an unexpectedly long recovery from recent surgery”.

The nature of her illness was not disclosed. Ms Fisher told reporters in May 2016 that her mother was “doing really well” but she did not give details. Reuters