Elizabeth Taylor passed away this morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center from congestive heart failure, publicist Sally Morrison said. The news was first reported by ABC television.
Her passing came after six weeks in the L.A. hospital. She was 79 years old and is survived not only by her film legacy but by four children, 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
“Though she had recently suffered a number of complications, her condition had stabilized and it was hoped that she would be able to return home. Sadly, this was not to be,” Morrison said in a statement.
Her son, Michael Wilding, made the following statement:
“My mother was an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest, with great passion, humour, and love. Though her loss is devastating to those of us who held her so close and so dear, we will always be inspired by her enduring contribution to our world. Her remarkable body of work in film, her ongoing success as a businesswoman, and her brave and relentless advocacy in the fight against HIV/AIDS, all make us all incredibly proud of what she accomplished. We know, quite simply, that the world is a better place for Mom having lived in it. Her legacy will never fade, her spirit will always be with us, and her love will live forever in our hearts.”
The actress’ family asks that donations be made to the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.
The twitterverse responded with force, making “RIP Elizabeth Taylor” a worldwise trending topic.
“ELIZABETH TAYLOR, an icon in the absolute truest sense of the world, HAS ENTERED IMMORTALITY. RIP to the most beautiful woman in the world,” tweeted writer Derek Blasberg when he heard the news.
Quite possibly our favorite response to this loss: “Right about now I am guessing Richard Burton is handing Liz Taylor a drink and saying ‘it’s about bloody time you got here’,” tweeted Candian screenwriter Tim Stubinski.
Here, we leave you with a couple of Ms. Taylor’s own beautiful tweets:
“You are who you are. All you can do in this world is help others to be who they are and better themselves and those around them.” – @DameTaylor
“Every breath you take today should be with someone else in mind. I love you.” – @DameTaylor
Among our many thoughts, we wonder what will happen to her incredible collection of jewelry.