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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.

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."

Elizabeth Taylor Dies
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?".

Elizabeth Taylor Dead
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."

Elizabeth Taylor Dead

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 --  

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a Legend has died! WOW, remember how glamorous HW was when Liz
was one of the actresses!
she was so beautiful!
Finally, she gets to join her love, Richard!

RIP Liz!

1247 days ago


I can't believe in this! She was an amazing actress and best friend of Michael Jackson... I'm crying...

1247 days ago


Shocking! R.I.P beautiful lady!

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This is very, very sad. She was an outstanding actress, an outstanding woman, an outstanding person and a true friend to her friends - among them Michael Jackson.

I am so sorry to hear of her passing. RIP, Dame Elizabeth. Condolences to her family.

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My two cents ;)    

Rest In Peace beautiful Elizabeth. Please give Michael Jackson a huge hug from those in the world who miss him so much. We miss you already and we love you both xxoo

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Best Mom    

Liz Taylor was one of Hollywood's greatest stars! I hope Michael Jackson was there to greet his good friend home.

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I wonder if they'll have 'time' to remember her in the Oscar's tribute next year?!

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Rest in peace Elizabeth. She was what a star is supposed to be!

1247 days ago


I read a long time ago she was going to be buried next to Richard Burton.

And responding to a comment upthread, I think people press Like just to acknowledge it in some way. Some of them might be pressing it to say, Good Riddance, like the Irish sweetheart MrsPatrickCampbell posted, but if you don't have something to say, then you hit Like. It's all you have at the moment. :)

1247 days ago


RIP Elizabeth. Thank you for being such a good friend to Michael Jackson. Hope you two are together chatting and laughing just like old times. :)

1247 days ago


You should look up your facts, her plot is next to Richard Burton's in Wales. This is such a sad loss for Hollywood and the world.

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She was a much loved and admired lady.

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She was a much loved and adored lady.

1247 days ago


R.I.P Elizabeth I know there will be many of your loved ones that will comfort you at your new home.

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