One of the most iconic figures in television history passed away on Thursday when Florence Henderson died at the age of 82. The death of the “The Brady Bunch” Carol Brady actress resulted in an outpouring of reactions from Hollywood.
Henderson is best known for her role as Mrs. Brady in the early 1970s sitcom, but she remained in the public eye decades later, appearing on “Dancing With The Stars” in 2010. She was on the set of the ABC show just a few days prior to her death, returning in support of Maureen McCormick, who was a contestant on the most recent season. McCormick played the role of Marcia Brady on “The Brady Bunch.”
Henderson was the fifth contestant eliminated on “Dancing With The Stars” when she competed six years ago, but she was back on the dance floor for Season 23 as part of one of McCormick’s performances.
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
Host Tom Bergeron mourned the loss of Henderson, calling her a friend. Len Goodman, who’s been a judge on the show for nearly every season, also expressed how sad he was to hear of the passing of the Season 11 contestant.
— Tom Bergeron (@Tom_Bergeron) November 25, 2016
So sad to hear of the passing of the lovely Florence Henderson. Look up, there's one more star in heaven
— Len Goodman (@GrumpyLGoodman) November 25, 2016
“Dancing With The Stars” judge Carrie Ann Inaba called Henderson a “mom to us all,” a sentiment that other celebrities have shared on social media. Pro dancers from the reality TV show and former contestants reacted to Henderson’s death on Twitter as well.
Broken hearted. She was like a mom to is all. I'm grateful I had the chance to get to know you these past few years. RIP #FlorenceHenderson
— Carrie Ann Inaba (@carrieanninaba) November 25, 2016
We just lost a legend some one who always remembers everyone's name, and is one of the sweetest people I know R.I.P #florenceHenderson
— Sasha Farber (@SashaFarber) November 25, 2016
I will miss you Florence Henderson _ pic.twitter.com/at8c1GOTUr
— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) November 25, 2016
Henderson died of heart failure on Thursday after being hospitalized on Wednesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Her manager told the Associated Press that she was surrounded by friends and family at her bedside.