Debbie Reynolds has been hospitalized after suffering a stroke, reports say.
EMTs transported the 84-year-old actress to an emergency room in response to the medical emergency just after 1 p.m. Pacific on Dec. 28, reports TMZ. Reynolds was at son Todd Fisher’s Beverly Hills home, helping plan the funeral for her 60-year-old daughter, Carrie Fisher.
Family members called 911 after Reynolds complained of breathing problems, reports the Los Angeles Times.
Margaret Stewart, a spokeswoman for the city’s fire department, confirmed that they had responded to a call in Beverly Hills regarding a woman in “fair to serious” condition and that they had transported her to the nearby Cedar Sinai Medical Center, though privacy laws prevented Stewart from confirming the woman’s identity or describing her symptoms.
Reynolds was an A-list actress in Hollywood during the 1950s and 1960s, best known for starring in “Singin’ in the Rain,” “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” and “Divorce American Style.” She worked in Hollywood regularly through the 1990s. Like her daughter, she had a publicly-documented tumultuous personal life and was as known for her multiple marriages as for her prolific work in film and television.
Stroke symptoms typically include numbness or drooping on one side of the face, weakness in one arm, slurred speech or general difficulty speaking, a severe and sudden headache, trouble walking or balancing, confusion, or difficulty seeing, according to the Stroke Association.
Her daughter died on Dec. 27, four days after suffering a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles. Little information has been released regarding the specifics of the “Star Wars” actress’s condition, though smoking, diabetes and lack of exercise are the leading causes of heart attack in women, notes The Huffington Post. Symptoms usually include nausea, dizziness, weakness, shortness of breath, fatigue and back pain.
Sources: TMZ, Los Angeles Times, Stroke Association, The Huffington Post / Photo credit: Carrie Fisher/Twitter