Hollywood icon Dame Elizabeth Taylor has died at the age of 79.
The actress, who was suffering from congestive heart failure, passed away in Los Angeles in the early hours of Wednesday morning with her children by her side.
Her son, Michael Wilding, confirmed the sad news and paid tribute to his late mother in a statement, which reads, "My mother was an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest, with great passion, humour, and love. Though her loss is devastating to those of us who held her so close and so dear, we will always be inspired by her enduring contribution to our world.
"Her remarkable body of work in film, her ongoing success as a businesswoman, and her brave and relentless advocacy in the fight against HIV/AIDS, all make us all incredibly proud of what she accomplished. We know, quite simply, that the world is a better place for mom having lived in it. Her legacy will never fade, her spirit will always be with us, and her love will live forever in our hearts."
RIP Elizabeth. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends.
Random Fact: 53 years ago from yesterday, Liz Taylor should have been dead. On March 22, 1958, Taylor, then just 26, was scheduled to join her third husband on his private plane, the Lucky Liz, for a trip from Burbank to NY – but he convinced her not to come, against her protestations, because she was feeling ill.
Todd's plane ended up crashing near Grants, N.M., killing him and all three others on board.
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