Florence Henderson died at the age of 82 on Thursday, November 24, Thanksgiving Day. Heart failure is the cause of death according to Henderson’s manager Kayla Pressman.
Best known as Carol Brady of 1970’s classic comedy ‘The Brady Bunch,’ Henderson is survived by four children, 10 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
Kayla Pressman, Henderson’s manager, revealed that the iconic actress had been hospitalized one day before and her death came as a shock to friends and family.
Former ‘The Brady Bunch’ co-stars Barry Williams and Maureen McCormick tweeted their shock and sadness about their television mom’s death.
“Deeply saddened. Florence was one of the most gracious people I have ever known, Proud to call her Mom and life long friend,” Barry Williams, who portrayed Greg Brady, wrote.
Co-star Maureen McCormick, who portrayed Marcia Brady, paid tribute to Henderson, posting a photo of the ladies at the ‘Dancing with the Stars’ taping. “You are in my heart forever Florence.” McCormick also wrote, “Florence Henderson was a dear friend for so very many years & in my heart forever. Love & hugs to her family. I’ll miss u dearly.”
Three days before her passing Henderson attended a taping of the ‘Dancing with the Stars.’ Host Tom Bergeron offered his condolences to Henderson’s family via Twitter, writing, “Heartbroken. I’ll miss you, my friend.” Henderson appeared on season 11 of ‘DWTS.’
Television husband Robert Reed [Mike Brady], died in May 1992. Henderson and Reed starred with Barry Williams, Maureen McCormick, Eve Plumb [Jan Brady], Christopher Knight [Peter Brady], Mike Lookinland [Bobby Brady], Susan Olsen [Cindy Brady] and Ann B. Davis [Alice Nelson] on the popular sitcom from 1969 until 1974.
The actress’s resume includes guest appearances on ‘The Muppet Show,’ ‘The Love Boat,’ ‘L.A. Law.’ ‘Roseanne’ and ‘The King of Queens.’ Henderson reprised her role as Carol Brady several times for ‘The Brady Brides’ and ‘A Very Brady Christmas.’
Henderson’s most recent television credits include ‘The Florence Henderson Show’ and ‘Who’s Cooking with Florence Henderson.’ Henderson was in the process of taping the talk shows at the time of her death.
We offer our sincere condolences to the iconic actress’s family and friends.
Florence Henderson was a dear friend for so very many years & in my <3 forever. Love & hugs to her family. I’ll miss u dearly #RIPFlorence
— Maureen McCormick (@MoMcCormick7) November 25, 2016
Such a heavy heart this morning, but thankful for our friendship https://t.co/WsnexBX2au
— Tom Bergeron (@Tom_Bergeron) November 25, 2016
Deeply saddened. Florence was one of the most gracious people I have ever known, Proud to call her Mom and life long friend. #RIPFlorence
— Barry Williams (@MrBarryWilliams) November 25, 2016
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