Florence Henderson
The actress played Carol Brady on the hit show Getty

The entertainment industry is in mourning after The Brady Bunch's star Florence Henderson passed away on Thanksgiving. The 82-year-old actress, who played matriarch Carol Brady on the hit show, died from heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Thursday 24 November, a day after being admitted.

Her manager Kayla Pressman confirmed the sad news in a statement, saying she had been surrounded by family and friends.

Oscar-winning actresses Patricia Arquette described Henderson as "warm Talented & kind" in a message on twitter. "Thank you Florence for being such a kind generous friend to Alexis."

Maureen McCormick, who played the role of Marcia Brady, Carol's daughter, on the show paid a touching tribute to her former co-star describing her a "dear friend".

"Florence Henderson was a dear friend for so very many years and in my heart forever. Love and hugs to her family. I'll miss you dearly," she wrote in a post on Twitter.

The Brady Bunch first aired in 1969 until 1974 and centred around a two single parents and their "blended family". Speaking on the secret to the show's success in 1999 she said: "It's such a gentle, innocent, sweet show, and I guess it proved there's always an audience for that."

Henderson's other film credits include The Sound of Music and South Pacific.