The US actress, 84, had been rushed to hospital with a suspected stroke.

Her son, Todd Fisher, said the stress of his sister’s death had been too much for her and in her last words, she had said she wanted to be with Carrie.

Will and Grace sitcom star Debra Messing said Reynolds, her on-screen mother, had been an “inspiration”.

“A legend of course,” she wrote in a statement, “the epitome of clean cut American optimism, dancing with Gene Kelly as an equal, a warrior woman who never stopped working.”

Source : BBC World