Florence Henderson has died.

Florence Henderson

Florence Henderson

The 82-year-old actress - who was best known for playing 'Brady Bunch' matriarch Carol Brady - passed away from heart failure on Thursday (24.11.16).

Her representative confirmed the sad news, adding that her four children were with her at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles when she died.

David Procow, her publicist, said: "She was quite active until she started not feeling well several days ago.

"It was felt that she would just bounce back from it."

Just a few days ago, Florence was seen in the audience for the finale of 'Dancing With the Stars' - which she competed on in 2010 - alongside Maureen McCormick, who played her 'Brady Bunch' daughter Marcia, and was a contestant on the show this year.

The 60-year-old actress has taken to Twitter to pay tribute to her "dear friend".

She posted: "Florence Henderson was a dear friend for so very many years & in my <3 forever. Love & hugs to her family. I'll miss u dearly #RIPFlorence.

"You are in my heart forever Florence."

A number of other stars have also expressed their sadness on social media.

Actress Debra Messing wrote: "RIP Florence Henderson. "The Brady Bunch" was everything.(sic)"

'Dancing With the Stars' presenter Tom Bergeron shared a picture of himself with the 'Who's Cooking with Florence Henderson' star and wrote: "Heartbroken. I'll miss you, my friend. #RIP @ItsFloHenderson"

Erin Andrews, one of the professional dancers on the show, simply posted: "Noooooo."

Actress Patricia Arquette took the time to thank Florence for her kindness towards her sister Alexis Arquette, who also passed away earlier this year.

She tweeted: "Florence Henderson-Warm Talented & kind passed away today.Thank you Florence for being such a kind generous friend to Alexis."

Florence married Broadway casting director Ira Bernstein, the father of her four children, in 1956 but they divorced in 1985, two years before she married second husband Dr. John Kappas. He passed away in 2002.

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