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Los Angeles, December 29, 2016: A day after her famous daughter Carrie Fisher died, screen legend Debbie Reynolds took her last breath. The Hollywood fraternity is in a state of shock that one of the “last Hollywood royalty” is gone.

Reynolds died on Wednesday afternoon after she suffered a stroke. She was rushed to the hospital.

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 The 84-year-old, who became a rising star after featuring as Helen Kane in 1950’s “Three Little Words” and was feted with the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award in 2015, was remembered by her family members and some of the popular faces of Hollywood on social media, reports usatoday.com.

Here’s what they said:

William Shatner: Debbie Reynolds was one of the last of Hollywood Royalty. It breaks my heart that she is gone. I’d hoped that my grieving was done for 2016.

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Mark Hamill: “#CruelCruelYear,” and a photo of a man kicking the number 6 of ‘2016’ off of a cliff. How shocked we were to learn that Debbie Reynolds passed away just a day after her daughter Carrie.

Albert Brooks: Debbie Reynolds, a legend and my movie mom. I can’t believe this happened one day after Carrie. My heart goes out to Billie.

Ellen DeGeneres: I can’t imagine what Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds’ family are going through this week. I send all of my love.

Josh Gad: Thoughts and prayers with #DebbieReynolds and the entire family right now. Devastatingly sad. There are no words left. RIP.

Debra Messing: So heartsick. Debbie went to be with Carrie. It’s such a devastating 1,2 punch. She was my “mom” for years and I loved her dearly. A legend.

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Grant Gustin: Debbie Reynolds helped light my passion for performing ‘Singin in The Rain’. She will always be an icon. Rest with Carrie, Debbie.”

Christina Applegate: I can’t take this. To the whole family. I am so gutted. I am so sorry.

Dane Cook: Damn. RIP Debbie Reynolds. Legendary entertainer. I’m sure broken hearted by the loss of her daughter.

Al Roker: My daughter asked if it’s possible to die from a broken heart. Reynolds knew her daughter needed her.

Sean Hayes: Dear Debbie Reynolds, I totally get it.

Miley Cyrus: News makes me wanna hug my mama and never let go.

Zoe Saldana: Today is officially a sad day. As a mother my heart goes out to Debbie Reynolds and her daughter Carrie Fisher.

Constance Zimmer: The most incredible love is when one can’t live without the other.

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The Families Of Victims In Railway Accident Incident In India Stage Protests

Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the accident a "heart-wrenching tragedy" and asked officials to provide immediate assistance to the injured.

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People gather at the site of an accident after a train traveling at high speed ploughed through a crowd of people on rail tracks near Amritsar, India. VOA

Angry relatives of the scores of people who were killed in India when they were run over by a speeding train staged protests Saturday while one of the country’s railway officials maintains the railway is not responsible for the tragic accident.

The train was traveling at high speed when it ploughed through a crowd Friday at a religious festival on the outskirts of the northern city of Amritsar, killing 59 people, Punjab state’s Chief Minister, Amarinder Singh, told reporters Saturday. Singh said 57 others were injured and an official investigation would be carried out over the next four weeks.

The Jalandhar-Amritsar express was traveling at 90 kilometers per hour when it hit the crowd, which had gathered on the tracks to watch a fireworks display marking the Hindu festival of Dussehra.

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The Hindu festival of Dussehra.

Hundreds of relatives of the victims engaged in sporadic protests on and near the tracks Saturday, calling for action against local authorities and the train operator, who was questioned Saturday by police.

Authorities moved the protestors off the tracks and brought in reinforcements to control the crowd.

‘No lapse on our part’

The railway accident was India’s worst in years, but the junior minister who manages Indian Railways, the world’s fourth largest rail system, refused to accept responsibility.

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A man mourns next to the burning pyre of a family member who died after a train traveling at high speed ploughed through a crowd of people, at a cremation site in Amritsar, India. VOA

“Railways cannot be blamed. Railways were not informed about the ceremony,” Manoj Sinha told reporters Saturday. Speaking to reporters, Sinha ruled out any punitive action against his staff, saying, “There was no lapse on our part and no action against the driver will be initiated.”

Local government officials said the festival takes place every year on the outskirts of Amritsar and that railroad authorities are alerted to run the trains at slow speeds.

Witnesses said the victims did not realize the train was coming because of the sound of the fireworks and celebrations.

‘Heart-wrenching’

Some witnesses said the train did not sound its whistle as it sped past the festival site.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the accident a “heart-wrenching tragedy” and asked officials to provide immediate assistance to the injured.

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India’s railway network remains the main form of travel in the vast country, where railway accidents are relatively common.

Millions of Hindus celebrate the Dussehra festival by burning giant effigies of the demon Ravana, symbolizing the triumph of good over evil. (VOA)