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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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Julie    

Wow, that was kind of a shock to read. Thoughts and prayers to her family.

1206 days ago
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Slacktoo    

Very sad! Amazing actress. A lot of husbands!

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Jay    

OMG This is so sad a true talent has died. RIP.

1206 days ago
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Annie     

RIP Liz

1206 days ago
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3Storms    

RIP fine talented lady

1206 days ago
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Janice    

RIP

1206 days ago
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Kristi    

Rest in peace LIZZY. No one like you.

1206 days ago
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Samuel Smithers    

so sad

1206 days ago
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Grandma Cracker    

RIP dear lady...

1206 days ago
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annabelle k    

RIP to a true icon!

1206 days ago
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Nostradamus    

Oh Cleopatra

1206 days ago
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janet    

Wow very sad news. RIP..She was sick and in alot of pain for many years your at peace now. That woman was beyond beautiful.

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Brenda    

Elizabeth Taylor was one of the most beautiful women in the world. Her work for the AIDS Foundation was outstanding. My prayers are with her family. She will be missed.

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Stella    

RIP Elizabeth!!!! and thank you TMZ for putting up such a beautiful photo of her! One of the last of "Old Hollywood" has died....take note all you actresses of today....you can never hold a candle to her.

1206 days ago
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LB    

Why the hell do people press the Like button on fb for stories like this?

1206 days ago
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