“Life is so very strange.”
Wynonna Judd just said what the rest of us were thinking as we learned that the multi-talented singer, dancer and actress Debbie Reynolds passed away from complications from a stroke just a day after her movie star daughter, Carrie Fisher, died after originally suffering a heart attack during a flight from London to L.A. on Dec. 23.
If you followed the lives of Carrie and Debbie at all, then you know their relationship was tumultuous at times. Carrie’s somewhat autobiographical “Postcards From the Edge” depicts that unusual and turbulent bond between the two, which seemed to resolve itself in recent years.
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The loss of both mother and daughter so close sparked some beautiful thoughts from Wynonna, whose own relationship with her mother has had moments of conflict. After a dear friend sent her an image of Carrie with actress Anna Kendrick, Wy shared the photo on Instagram and wrote: “Tonight as I stood in our kitchen making supper, a friend sent me this photo of Carrie Fisher and the talented Anna Kendrick. His text said that the photo caption reminded him of me.
Carrie wore glitter in her hair. When Anna had complimented the glitter, Carrie ran her fingers through her hair and tossed sparkles at her. Yes, (I thought), that sounds like something that I would do too. My next thought was, ‘It’s impossible to try and comprehend a mother having to bury a child.’”
Shortly after, Wynonna learned that Carrie’s mother Debbie had, in fact, passed away as well. She continued her post saying, “I truly believe one can die of a broken heart. If you’re able to right now, tell your mom you love her. Life is so very strange.”
Earlier in December, Naomi Judd sat with ABC’s Robin Roberts and discussed her illness, depression and the strain it put on her relationship with Wy. She said that there were times that she and her daughter, who successfully performed and toured together throughout the ’80s and ’90s, needed a break from one another.
In 1990,The Judds sat down with Barbara Walters and discussed the impact that Naomi’s Hepatitis diagnosis meant for them. It was a precursor to Wynonna’s solo career, as Naomi’s health continued to sideline her.
Our well wishes go out to both Wynonna and Naomi Judd, and our thoughts are with the families of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds during this most difficult time.