Brady Bunch star Florence Henderson passes away amid heart complications

Florence Henderson of “The Brady Bunch” dies on Thanksgiving/TMZ.

Brady Bunch star dies in LA hospital.

Mass Appeal Wire Reports

LOS ANGELES — Florence Henderson, known best for her starring role as matriarch Carol Brady on the hit family sitcom “The Brady Bunch,” passed away on Thanksgiving. She was 82. Carol died Thursday night at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Her manager, Kayla Pressman, said she suffered heart failure. Florence was surrounded by family and friends at bedside. “The Brady Bunch” first hit television sets in 1969.  The show [which resonated with audiences] became so popular, the entire crew needed protection.

“We had to have security guards with us,” Florence said of the rabid attention cast members received. “Fans were hanging on our doors. We couldn’t go out by ourselves. We were like the Beatles!” In addition to her work on “The Brady Bunch,” Florence made frequent television appearances.

In 1962, she became the first woman to host “The Tonight Show” while entertainer Johnny Carson took his ass on vacation. She also appeared on “Hart to Hart,” “Fantasy Island” and “The Love Boat.”

The youngest of 10 children, Florence was born February 14, 1934.

She will be missed.

31 comments

  1. I don’t even know what to say right now. I’m in shock. I wasn’t even aware she was sick. I’m sobbing. The Brady Bunch was a big part of my life growing up in the 70s’s. A lifelong fan of the show. Another piece of my childhood is gone. She was just in the audience on Dancing With The Stars, supporting Maureen McCormick this season. My condolences to her daughter, her family, to the cast. They must be in shock right now. The kids are all that’s left. Mr. & Mrs. Brady are reunited in heaven, along with Alice.

  2. This is so sad, and, surprising. Florence was such a sweet lady – perfect for her role as Mrs Brady. She always looked in great shape, so it’s a surprise that she passed at “only” 82.

  3. So sorry to hear this, She was such a cool lady. Condolences to the family. Thank you for showing the World what true Class and splendor was all about

  4. For millions of people, a part of our childhood has also died. Condolences to her family and friends.

  5. Man I’m getting old. All of the celebrities I grew up watching are dying this year. Loved the Brady Bunch RIP – Mrs. Henderson

  6. classic person who did not take her fame too serious. She brought a lot of warmth
    and great memories to many of us, each afternoon.

  7. Who doesn’t feel as though a family member has died? The Brady Bunch made us feel as though we were related. Rest in Peach Florence Henderson. I have nothing but good happy memories of her.

  8. Farewell Florence Henderson! You were classy, elegant, and talented. You will truly be missed. My prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Thank you for giving us years of magic Mrs. Brady!

  9. What a shocker. So sad to hear about her passing. Used to always watch Brady Bunch (wish they would bring reruns back of it – it was something decent to watch). Deepest sympathy goes out to her family and friends. She was a wonderful actress.

  10. RIP Florence Henderson. Your role as Carol Brady influenced many generations. May God Rest Your Soul.

  11. See example, a person never fat or overweight and dies of heart problems.

  12. I never missed the show when I was young. Florence Henderson was such a wonderful singer, too. Condolences to family and friends. RIP.

  13. She’ll never get to see Trump Make America Great Again or Hillary and Bill put to justice. Very sad…

  14. Shocking. It looked like she was in great shape for her age, I thought she was going to at least make it to 90. I re-watched the entire series earlier this year. One of my favorites TV shows ever.

  15. R.I.P carol brady ,my tv mom , =(

  16. How very sad. No more suffering or pain, God rest you. Condolences to her family, friends and tv land viewers. Another acting talent gone, but not forgotten!

  17. Ms. Florence played the ultimate mother on tv even though it was only tv, she made us believe that mothers could actually be like her. RIP mom.

  18. That was my fav show growing up. Robert Reed and Florence Henderson were my fictional Parents because my own home life SUCKED. Every day when it was on prime time, I would escape into that t.v. family and soak up all the love that came through that screen lol! pathetic I know, but that’s ow much that show meant to me. R.I.P. Mrs.
    Henderson 🙂

  19. Rest in Peace American’s Greatest mom.

  20. Wow, A truly wonderful and beautiful actress, I loved her smile, and she had a lovely way of affecting everything she did. Truly a joy to watch anytime, she was on the air. Wow, These are the kind of people, that were always one of a kind, and made a difference in whatever they did, that will last for generations to come, whether there here or not, and the kind of talent that went with them, that will truly be missed, Loved her. Bless her family, friends, and fans.

  21. My condolences to her family…My sister and I used to watch the Brady Bunch together on Friday night. My mom would let us watch while we ate our dinner off of TV trays in the “TV room” My friends and I will still quote lines from the show. Such nice memories, thanks Florence

  22. More than once this woman was MY MOTHER when my own mother didn’t have time for me. While my older brothers were screwing up their lives, my mother was keeping me under her thumb, running and ruining mine. My mother ran and ruined the first 26 years of my life until I met someone who taught me to be myself.

    Many times, Florence Henderson helped me escape the childhood, teen years, and high school years I didn’t have. She was on TV during my difficult problems while my own mother was wrapped up in my screwed-up older brothers’ problems. The only problem was Florence Henderson couldn’t solve my problems in 30 minutes or less.

  23. We were the Brady bunch. We were three African American boys who had lost our mother, they were three Caucasian looking siblings from a divorced mother. It never dawned on me until now. We had a black and white Catalina station wagon, while being a black and white family.
    We were never harassed. So it’s the end of an era. That is why this effects us so. Would never want to say goodbye, so here’s to you ,America’s mom.

  24. Robert Valentin

    wow it sad great person to hear of her
    passed away Rip Flora florence herdenson you be miss by fans love one who her i wish i could meet her lost Robert reed and Alice all three are gone made me sad great people gone
    only memories in
    the brady bunch
    Rip

  25. I’m only 35yrs old but I watched the brady bunch series on nick at nite when I was in high school and in my 20’s and she will be missed along with mr.brady and Alice the house keeper.goodbye mrs.brady and R.I.P.

  26. I love you Carol Brady. I grew up watching you and the Bradys. You will be missed.

  27. RIP Carol Brady 🙁

  28. RIP, Florence. You will be missed. Brady Bunch premiered two days before I was born so I don’t remember it from its first run, but I watched it for years in reruns and my daughter loves the show.

  29. lol people in the comments acting like they knew this lady personally. like u saw her on tv. and u claim u “loved her” u dont know what love is.

  30. Young Pocket, you are an asshole

  31. She was the Mom l truly loved on television…l would have loved her as my Mom.

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