Twitter Reacts To 'Brady Bunch' Star Florence Henderson's Death

The beloved TV mom was 82.

One of television's most beloved stars has passed away. Florence Henderson, who played mom Carol Brady on the classic 1970s series The Brady Bunch, died on Thursday at age 82. According to her publicist and manager, the actress had suffered heart failure and been hospitalized the day before, surrounded by family and friends.

Maureen McCormick, who played Henderson's TV daughter Marcia Brady, reacted to her death on Twitter overnight, sharing a sweet photo and message of love to the late star's family.

Henderson, who got her start on Broadway, returned as her most famous character in various Brady Bunch TV specials, as well as the 1995 Brady Bunch Movie, in which she played Carol's mother. She once said of the show's lasting impact, "It represents what people always wanted: a loving family. It's such a gentle, innocent, sweet show, and I guess it proved there's always an audience for that."

Henderson was a competitor on Dancing With the Stars in 2010, and she was in the audience during a live taping of earlier this week. Those who worked with her on the show were among those who shared their sadness over her death on Twitter overnight. Many who knew her personally or simply admired her work compared her to a second mother.

Read some of Twitter's heartfelt tributes to Henderson below:

(H/T: NPR)

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