Elizabeth Taylor Dead at 79

March 23, 2011 By:
Elizabeth Taylor Dead at 79

This is absolutely tragic! Elizabeth Taylor died today at age 79, reports ABC.

According to "Good Morning America," Taylor died early Wednesday morning. She's been hospitalized for a while at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

In Photos: Elizabeth Taylor Throughout the Years

She reportedly died of congestive heart failure.

"She was surrounded by her children- Michael Wilding, Christopher Wilding, Liza Todd, and Maria Burton," Taylor's publicist, Sally Morrison, said in a statement.

Her son Michael Wilding released a statement, saying: “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 and 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.”

Elizabeth was one of the last great old Hollywood movie stars. She won three academy awards. Twice for best actress for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Butterfield 8 and was also awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1993.

Some of her famous work includes Cleopatra, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Jane Eyre, and Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf?, among others.

Today we lost an icon, a beautiful woman and an amazing actress. May you rest in peace!

A private family funeral for Elizabeth Taylor will be held later this week. Her family asks that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to her AIDS Foundation HERE.