Television actress Florence Henderson, best known for her portrayal of mom Carol Brady in the “The Brady Bunch,” died Thursday at the age of 82, her manager confirmed to the Associated Press.
Without revealing any further details, Henderson’s manager Kayla Pressman said the TV icon died surrounded by family and friends. She died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles, a day after she was hospitalized, the BBC reported.
After performing in musicals early in her life, Henderson made her Broadway debut in 1952 where she starred in the long-running show “Fanny.” She rose to fame years later when she bagged her biggest role as the iconic mother in “The Brady Bunch” in 1969.
The ABC sitcom was created by Sherwood Schwartz and revolved around a typical American family during the time. Henderson played a widow and mother to three daughters who falls in love with a widower, who had three sons.
The original show ended in 1974 but returned to television repeatedly in different forms — like “The Brady Bunch Hour” in 1977, “The Brady Brides” in 1981 and “The Bradys” in 1990.
Henderson also competed on “Dancing With the Stars” in 2010 and made guest appearances on popular shows like 30 Rock, Happily Divorced, and K.C. Undercover, also starring in this year’s “Fifty Shades of Black” movie.
Her most recent appearance on camera, however, was this Monday when she attended the taping of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” where her one-time TV daughter, Maureen McCormick of “Brady Bunch” was a contestant this season.
Many took to social media to express grief over her death and offer condolences to the family.