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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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crabbygirl81    

RIP :(

1280 days ago
92.

CN    

None of the broads in hollywood today come close to La Liz...Liz was Something Else and had what I call REAL JEWELRY, quite a collection.. She didnt have to BORROW her Jewelry..So Long Violet Eyes

1280 days ago
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steve    

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...

1280 days ago
94.

steve    

During her young acting career liz was awesome/. But as she got older she got wacky and had died many times in the tabloids.

1280 days ago
95.

sky    

I cried when they announced her demise. She was so great and only 79 , Zsa Zsa is 94, who would have thought Zsa Zsa would outlast Liz ?

Only the good die young -at least she'll leave a pretty corpse - jk rest in peace dear lady.

1280 days ago
96.

dd    

RIP LIZ u did it well!

1280 days ago
97.

dd    

@KEVIN #14 Go see a mental health professional you are a sick person!

1280 days ago
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Violette-Blue    

Rest In Peace Elizabeth Taylor. What a classic Hollywood beauty you are. A great human being, caring & devoted mother, good friend, animal lover and good actor. You will be missed. Another classic icon gone. Heaven has itself one beautiful angel now. My condolences to your family & friends.

1280 days ago
99.

Marisa    

RIP LIZ...You were the great Actress and the great Woman..

1280 days ago
100.

Emma    

C'mon TMZ, Arnold Klein was NOT her friend. If you knew anything about Liz, you would know that. She even attacked him on twitter over his behavior since MJ's death.

1280 days ago
101.

Woot    

Aw, Liz... rest in peace, dear lady. We lost a great one today. :o(

1280 days ago
102.

Marisa    

RIP LIZ...You were the great Actress and the great Woman..

1280 days ago
103.

dd    

I hope Mike Todd escorted u through the gates of heaven.

1280 days ago
104.

Shanan Li    

Oh, I loved her son Michael when he was on Guiding Light. He was as handsome as she was pretty.

1280 days ago
105.

learnmachine    

Sad day for those who don't know her story. She killed and got away with it, Black Widow she was.

Good luck in Hell, Liz.

1280 days ago
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