‘America’s Favorite Mom’ Florence Henderson Passed Away on Thanksgiving

Just when the country thought 2016 couldn’t get any crazier, America’s favorite matriarch, Florence Henderson, 82, sadly passed away this Thanksgiving.

After being hospitalized a day prior, “The Brady Bunch” mother died of heart failure, surrounded by family and friends, in Los Angeles according to Associated Press.

Despite the country being focused on eating too much turkey, many took to social media to express their profound sadness after hearing the news.

After learning of Henderson’s death, one woman was taken down memory lane:

While one man voiced his gratitude for all she’d given:

And another blamed the tragedy on 2016:

But most people’s sentiments resembled this fan’s lament:

Before Henderson starred on the iconic sitcom, she started her career on Broadway, appearing in “Wish You Were Here,” “Fanny,” and “The Girl Who Came to Supper”. She was also a trailblazer, being the first woman to host “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” in 1962.

You can see more of Henderson’s life in this commemorative video:

WATCH: Remembering the life of Mrs. Brady herself, Florence Henderson, dead at 82: abcn.ws/2fLeXCP – The Brady Bunch

Posted by Good Morning America on Friday, November 25, 2016

Although her husband passed in 2002, her four children carry on to survive her, among the thousands who consider her their “mom on T.V.” growing up:

So many people associate her with a great childhood memory:

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Even her contemporaries share the feeling:

Henderson’s last public appearance was only a few days ago when she sat in the audience of one of her favorite shows “Dancing With the Stars.” And although her heart may have failed, the constant feed of sorrow on social media proves that she’ll live in Americans’ hearts forever.

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