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:
grew up watching her show, reminds me of sitting in Bronx on living room floor with siblings in PJ's, RIP Ms. Henderson
— PS (@Surfgirl13691) November 25, 2016
While one man voiced his gratitude for all she’d given:
this loss hurts more than most. Thank you Florence.
— RayHaluskaStatsStuff (@CruisingRay) November 25, 2016
And another blamed the tragedy on 2016:
wow 2016 is really not pulling any punches
— seven deadly furSINias (@AdriOfTheDead) November 25, 2016
But most people’s sentiments resembled this fan’s lament:
This is one of the passings that is so hard to hear..she was our "mom". Prayers to her family & all of her friends.
— Caron Craig (@CaronCraig) November 25, 2016
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:
I never missed an episode of The Brady Bunch. She was America's Mom. RIH, Florence Henderson.
— Tessa (@CurtessaJacques) November 25, 2016
So many people associate her with a great childhood memory:
Even her contemporaries share the feeling:
A gorgeous actress who sang like an angel and danced like a Rockette. You will be missed very much, our dear friend Florence Henderson. RIP
— RUTH BUZZI (@Ruth_A_Buzzi) November 25, 2016
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.