Debbie Reynolds had everything prepared to celebrate Christmas 2016 with her family when her daughter, actress Carrie Fisher, suffered a heart attack aboard a flight on Dec. 23, NBC News reports.
Fisher died four days later, on Dec. 27. Her mother, Reynolds, passed away the following day from a stroke. Her son, Todd Fisher, blamed heartbreak for his mother's death.
Sue Cameron, Reynolds' close friend, recalled that tragic holiday season, telling People magazine that the 84-year-old "Singin' In the Rain" actress loved Christmas so much that she kept a tree up all year and had already planned the menu when she learned that her daughter had fallen seriously ill.
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“When Carrie was flying in on the plane [from London], Debbie had already made sure the table was set," Cameron said. "The menu, everything."