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Debbie Reynolds final words: 'I want to be with Carrie'

Hollywood star Debbie Reynolds' final words were "I want to be with Carrie".

The 84-year-old Singin' In The Rain star died on Wednesday, a day after her daughter Carrie Fisher passed away.

Her son Todd Fisher announced the news, saying: "She's now with Carrie and we're all heartbroken. She said, 'I want to be with Carrie'. And then she was gone."

In emergency service dispatch audio obtained by celebrity website Tmz.com, Reynolds is said to have suffered a stroke.

Emergency services were called at 1pm local time on Wednesday to her son's Beverly Hills home, where they were making plans for Fisher's funeral.

Actor and director Mr Fisher (58), speaking outside Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre where Reynolds was taken by ambulance, said the stress of his sister's death on Tuesday at 60 "was too much" for their mother.

Carrie Fisher, who rose to fame for her role playing Princess Leia in Star Wars, died in hospital days after suffering a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles.

Earlier this year, Reynolds was said to be "frail" by her family and had reportedly suffered two previous separate strokes in 2013 and 2015.

Reynolds was a teenager when she landed a role in the 1950 film Three Little Words, for which she was nominated for a most promising newcomer Golden Globe. She was perhaps most famous for playing Kathy Selden in 1952 musical Singin' In The Rain.

Her first of three marriages was to musician Eddie Fisher in 1955 and with him she had Carrie and Todd. But their relationship ended after news emerged of his affair with film star Elizabeth Taylor.

Reynolds continued to have a loving relationship with her ex-husband's children, including Joely Fisher (49) who tweeted: "Some of the magic people have left the tribe ... for the moment I am inconsolable ..."

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