“She’s now with Carrie and we’re all heartbroken,” Fisher said from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the AP reported.
Todd Fisher told the wire service that the stress brought on by the death of his sister “was too much” for Reynolds.
According to TMZ, Reynolds had been in a Beverly Hills home to discuss funeral plans for her daughter when the family called 911 to report a possible stroke.
Born Mary Frances in El Paso, Texas, Reynolds went from teenage beauty queen to a Hollywood star, catapulting to fame after landing a lead role in the 1952 musical “Singin’ in the Rain.” Her contract with powerhouse studio MGM coincided with her rise, and she ended up with a bright career as an actress, singer and dancer, on screen and on Broadway.
She earned an Oscar nomination in 1964 for her role in “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.” She never won an Academy Award, but in 2015, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gave her a humanitarian award for her philanthropic work, which included mental health advocacy.
Her personal life also became gossip page fodder when her husband, singer Eddie Fisher, left her for Elizabeth Taylor. He is the father to Carrie and Todd Fisher.
Reynolds had her breakout performance in “Singin’ in the Rain” when she was only 19 — the same age her daughter, Carrie Fisher, would be years later when she first played Princess Leia in “Star Wars.”
Mother and daughter had a fraught relationship over the years; the two were estranged for some time, but eventually reconciled. A documentary about their lives together, “Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds,” is scheduled to air in 2017 on HBO.
After Fisher suffered a heart attack Friday during a flight from London to Los Angeles, Reynolds publicly stated that her daughter was in stable condition.
“Thank you to everyone who has embraced the gifts and talents of my beloved and amazing daughter,” Reynolds, 84, wrote on her Facebook page on Wednesday. “I am grateful for your thoughts and prayers that are now guiding her to her next stop.”
Fisher and Reynolds were considered Hollywood royalty, and their deaths — just a day apart — were met with an outpouring of grief by fellow performers.
[This post has been updated.]