NEW YORK, NY - Legendary actress Debbie Reynolds died at the age of 84, just one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher died of a heart attack.
While it is not yet clear what lead to Reynolds' death on Wednesday, concerns are now being raised about the possibility of her passing from a broken heart. The American Heart Association recognizes a phenomenon known as 'broken heart syndrome.'
"It is rare, but you can, when you have extreme stress or grief, release hormones in your body that can affect your heart," said our sister station's FOX 5 contributing medical expert Dr. Roshini Raj.
"Maybe that's what was going on as well, specifically, the functioning of the heart muscle. It's called a cardio-myopathy. It can happen very acutely, causing heart failure and sometimes death."
People suffering from underlying heart disease are at more risk of dying from 'broken heart syndrome.'