Stars pay tribute to 'Hollywood Royalty' Debbie Reynolds

The Singin' in the Rain star's death came only a day after the death of her daughter Carrie Fisher

Stars pay tribute to 'Hollywood Royalty' Debbie Reynolds

Carrie Fisher, right, presents her mother Debbie Reynolds with the Screen Actors Guild life achievement award. Picture by Vince Bucci AP/Press Association Images

Hollywood has been paying tribute to film legend Debbie Reynolds, who has died - aged 84 - a day after the death of her daughter Carrie Fisher.

Reynolds' passing was confirmed by her son Todd Fisher, who said: "She's now with Carrie and we're all heartbroken.

"She said, 'I want to be with Carrie.' And then she was gone."

He told the Associated Press that the stress of his sister's death "was too much" for their mother and that she had suffered a stroke.

Reynolds was was thrust into the limelight when she starred alongside Gene Kelly in the 1952 classic Singin' in the Rain, which would become one of her best-known roles.

Her 60-year-old daughter Carrie, the author and actor best known for her role as Princess Leia in Star Warsdied on Tuesday - four days after she suffered a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles.

After she died, Reynolds wrote in a Facebook post: "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."

Earlier today, Star Trek actor William Shatner described Reynolds as 'Hollywood Royalty'.

A number of stars posted pictures of Reynolds and Fisher together:

One of Reynolds' later roles saw her enjoy a recurring role on sitcom Will & Grace, and her co-stars were among those paying tribute to the star.

Debra Messing wrote on Instagram: "An inspiration on every level. A Legend of course, the epitome of clean cut American optimism, dancing with Gene Kelly as an equal, a warrior woman who never stopped working. A devoted mother and grandmother, and aunt and great aunt, and friend."