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Elizabeth Taylor

Dead at 79

3/23/2011 12:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Elizabeth Taylor died this morning at the age of 79.

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Elizabeth Taylor died at 1:28 AM at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles ... where she had been hospitalized for the past couple of weeks.  A private funeral will be held later this week.

Taylor's publicist says she was "surrounded by her children -- Michael Wilding, Christopher Wilding, Liza Todd, and Maria Burton."

Taylor's rep says the actress died "peacefully" from congestive heart failure, "a condition with which she had struggled with for many years." The rep adds, "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."

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Someone at the hospital Tuesday night tells TMZ ... doctors knew at around 6 PM that Taylor was dying.

Taylor was considered one of the greatest actresses of all-time -- starring in classics like "Cleopatra" and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." She won an Academy Award for best actress twice for her roles in "BUtterfield 8" and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?".

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Taylor, who was married 8 times -- twice to Richard Burton -- is survived by 4 children, 10 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

Taylor's son, Michael, says, "My mother was an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest, with great passion, humor, and love."  Michael goes on to tout his mom's "brave and relentless advocacy in the fight against HIV/AIDS ... We know, quite simply, that the world is a better place for Mom having lived in it."

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Elton John says, "We have just lost a Hollywood giant; more importantly, we have lost an incredible human being."

Dr. Arnold Klein, Taylor's longtime friend and doctor, tells TMZ, "She's the greatest human being I've ever known.  She used her celebrity not just for fame but to change the world.  Elizabeth gave AIDS a face and that's when people started accepting it as a disease."

We've learned Taylor has a plot next to her parents at the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in L.A.  Among those who are buried or interred there -- Marilyn Monroe, Natalie Wood, Truman Capote, Farrah Fawcett, Dean Martin and Walter Matthau.

The family asks in lieu of flowers that contributions be made to the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation -- elizabethtayloraidsfoundation.org.  

People wanting to send personal messages can log onto http://www.facebook.com/ElizabethTaylorTribute.

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Sammie    

How sad. She always seemed like such a nice woman.

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nan    

rest in peace Elizabeth.missed by many

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Donna    

She was the epitomy of Hollywood beauty!

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Donna    

RIP - She was the epitomy of beauty!

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anne2    

RIP our beautiful beautiful Elizabeth. Thank You for everything!

1248 days ago
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natgirl    

RIP Elizabeth. may God be with your family.

1248 days ago
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jillactive05    

Sad news. Beautiful picture of Elizabeth.

1248 days ago
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lou    

Wow, very surprised and sorry to read this. Well, it's sad but she certainly had a ball in her life. I mean, she was married to Richard Burton, for heaven's sake! How lucky can a woman be?

RIP, Liz and hope you're still having a ball up in heaven.

1248 days ago
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Michelle    

Not to long ago I read an interview with her....where she stated that nothing in her life, in all her career, NOTHING was more fulfilling or satisfying as raising awareness for AIDS and starting the movement for education and awareness about it. She had stated that her Hollywood career was NOTHING in comparison. I think that speaks volumes for the incredible lady that she was. I hope when people remember her, they remember her for the work she did in helping others, rather than as a starlet. She was so much more than a Hollywood Icon.

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K    

She truley was Michael's friend until the end. May they be together once again.

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John    

RIP-Liz. Loved all your movies.

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lou    

Liz was the epitome of Hollywood glamor. Stars today just don't have it and don't get it. Too bad.

1248 days ago
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Barbara    

RIP Liz. This is so sad.

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eyeswideopen    

Rest In Peace Liz.Thank you for the memories and all the hard work and time you devoted to helping those with aids and to the less fortunate.

1248 days ago
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knowitall    

RIP Lovely Lady. True natural beauty, class and great actress. Now you are with Burton. Miss u both.

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