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Brady Bunch's Florence Henderson dies aged 82

Henderson, who played mom Carol Brady on the iconic American sitcom, passed away from heart failure on Thanksgiving Day in Los Angeles.

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Florence Henderson, much loved for her portrayal of Carol Brady in The Brady Bunch, has passed away aged 82, her representatives have confirmed to the AP.

Henderson passed away Thursday night, a day after being admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, due to heart failure. Her family and friends were at her bedside, her manager Kayla Pressman said in a statement.

While The Brady Bunch only ran from 1969 to 1974 and never achieved high ratings at the time, the show's popularity, and that of its catchy theme song, exploded after it was cancelled. One of the first US television programs to feature a blended family, it continues to be regularly repeated on TV networks globally and remains a defining representation of wholesome American suburbia.