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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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31.

KET    

She had been frail for many years, but in her youth she may well have been the most beautiful woman in the world--with talent and a big heart piled on top. Most of the actresses today pale in comparison, and it's sad that so many young people will never have the opportunity to know how spectacular she really was. The world without her is a lesser place. Remember, commentors, she--more than many--really deserves respect.

1246 days ago
32.

MsMaribel    

R I P Liz - give a big hug to Michael when you see him in Heaven.

1246 days ago
34.

Trainwrecks    

At last reunited with Mike Todd and Richard Burton. No fighting over Dame Liz, boys. :)

May God bless your family and may they continue your work here on earth to help those causes so near and dear to you.

A legend that knew how to use her stardom for the benefit of others, unlike the antics of Hollywood today.

RIP, Ms. Taylor. Godspeed to you.

1246 days ago
35.

LA Native    

RIP dear Elizabeth...you were truly a class act and the epitome of a REAL Hollywood actress. You will be missed and remembered for the good you brought this world.

1246 days ago
36.

TMZ dont like me    

Damn. Guess she couldn't go on, after Michael died. RIP.

1246 days ago
37.

Sarah Bellum     

Liz Taylor was a natural beauty, unlike today's "stars" who are filled with botox and plastic surgeries. She will be missed.
Thanks,Liz, for the great movies. Hopefully you'll now be with Richard in heaven.

1246 days ago
38.

karlew    

Wow!!! End of an era. Bye Liz

1246 days ago
39.

cjs    

Good God, are all the greats leaving us? The REAL legends, We saw a clip the other day , the new version of Jane Eyre and I commented to my husband that she had a small part in that film...

She was the reason I had to have a horse as a kid, it was later I learned that falling off of a horse was the start of her many medical problems.

As the late great Paul Newman said.. One damn fine actress.

1246 days ago
40.

MiMi    

RIP Dame Elizabeth

1246 days ago
41.

VP    

RIP Liz!! My condolences to her family!

1246 days ago
42.

R    

When this news came on tv, I did shed some tears. She was a great actress, a great humanitarian and a great beauty.

1246 days ago
43.

Doreen    

Liz, you are finally at peace. Thank you for being such a friend to Michael and standing by him. RIP

1246 days ago
44.

elenip11    

Rest in Peace Lady Elizabeth...
Now you will be with your beloved friend Michael...she never overcame his passing and i think that his death was a big factor in her deterioration.
Another legend is gone and our world is poorer after loosing those wonderful emerald eyes...
Liz please give a big hug to Michael...
I love you both...

1246 days ago
45.

Jackie    

Rip Liz. You will be missed.

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