Oscar-winning and legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor died Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at age 79.
Taylor died of congestive heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where she had been hospitalized for about six weeks.
“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,” Taylor’s publicist, Sally Morrison, said in a statement. “Sadly, this was not to be.”
“She was surrounded by her children – Michael Wilding, Christopher Wilding, Liza Todd and Maria Burton,” Morrison said.
“My Mother was an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest, with great passion, humor, and love,” her son, Michael Wilding, said in a statement.
“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.”
“We have just lost a Hollywood giant,” said Elton John, a longtime friend of Taylor. “More importantly, we have lost an incredible human being.”