Florence Henderson, best known for her role as Carol Brady, the mother in "The Brady Bunch," has died, her manager and her publicist said Friday morning. She was 82.
"We are heartbroken to announce the passing of our dear mother Florence Henderson from Heart Failure," the Henderson family said in a statement. "On this day of thanks, our beloved mother was surrounded by her devoted children and dearest friends. We thank all of her fans for their many years of love and ask that we be allowed to grieve in private."
Henderson died Thursday night at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, her publicist, David Brokaw, said. She had been hospitalized the day before and ultimately suffered heart failure, her manager, Kayla Pressman, said in a statement.
Family and friends surrounded Henderson's hospital bedside at the time of her death, Pressman said.
Henderson is survived by four children and five grandchildren.
"Florence was the most vibrant and caring woman I have ever known," Pressman said. "She never had an unkind word about anyone. She was a wonderful mother and was so proud of her four children and five grandchildren."
Maureen McCormick, who played Marcia Brady on the television sitcom, took to Twitter to honor Henderson and send her condolences.
"Florence Henderson was a dear friend for so very many years and in my heart forever," she wrote.
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