Once again, 2016, the year that will not quit, has struck, taking actress, singer and humanitarian Debbie Reynolds from us late yesterday, at the age of 84.
Coming a day after her daughter Carrie Fisher died at the age of 60, we first thought the news that she had been rushed to the hospital after suffering a stroke during planning her daughter's funeral was one of the fake news pieces that clog social media and the Internet.
Alas, it was not. The sad news came as I was preparing for bed.
So, once again, a short musical tribute.
"Good Morning", where Debbie sings and dances in the movie "Singin' in the Rain".
Tammy, from 1957, a #1 hit song recorded when Debbie was 23 years old.
And, from the 1973 movie Charlotte's Web, a song, Chin Up.
What a career she had. Movies. TV shows. Voices in cartoons.
It doesn't surprise scientists that Debbie Reynolds may have died from extreme stress brought on by the death of her daughter. It turns out mother and daughter were extremely close.
And, in fact, I believe this happened to my cousin's husband years ago. His mother died from cancer, and several days later, his father died from a heart attack.
Nor does it surprise scientists that we, the public, can be so distressed by the deaths of people we don't know.
Now, Debbie Reynolds has joined her daughter. May the Force also be with her.
Why don't we honor both of them today by telling someone important in our lives how much they mean to us?