2016 has been a year filled with heartbreak. Tuesday, we lost Carrie Fisher, best known for her role as Princess Leia. Wednesday, just 24 hours after Fisher's untimely passing, we lose her mother. Legendary actress Debbie Reynolds has died of a stroke. Reynolds was 84-years-old.

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On December 23rd, Reynolds' daughter, Carrie Fisher, was hospitalized after suffering a heart attack on a transatlantic flight from London to Los Angeles. It was reported on Christmas Day that Fisher had stabilized, but two days later, Carrie Fisher died of that same heart attack. Fisher was 60 years of age.

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The day after Fisher's tragic passing, Reynolds was hospitalized following a 911 call reporting an apparent stroke and difficulty breathing. She was reported to be in 'fair to serious condition.' Hours later, Reynolds died with the cause of death officially confirmed as a stroke.

Reynolds' legacy

The illustrious career of Debbie Reynolds spans 8 decades, going all the way back to 1948's "June Bride." She was uncredited, but that role sparked a long and storied career for the El Paso, Texas native. Her breakout role was in 1950's "Three Little Words." Her first leading role came 2 years later in the film adaptation of the Broadway hit "Singin' In The Rain."

She later starred in "How The West Was Won," "The Unsinkable Molly Brown," and "The Singing Nun," just to name a few.

Reynolds' Broadway debut came in the 1973 revival of "Irene," in which Reynolds shared the stage with her daughter, Carrie Fisher. Her career carried on into the 2000s with appearances in the NBC sitcom "Will and Grace," Disney's "Halloweentown" series, and the cult Nickelodeon classic series "Rugrats." She was nominated for 5 Golden Globe Awards and 2 Academy Awards, with her only win coming in 2015 with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

A documentary about Reynolds entitled "Bright Lights" is slated to air in early 2017 on HBO.

She is survived by her son, Todd Fisher, and granddaughter Billie Lourd.

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