The entertainment industry lost a legend today and the world lost an icon. Elizabeth Taylor passed away this morning at the age of 79 due to congestive heart failure, but she certainly won't be forgotten.
Stars are paying tribute to the late icon, who was not only an extraordinary woman, but a tireless advocate for HIV/AIDS awareness. Here's what the stars had to say:
"R.I.P. Elizabeth Taylor an incomparable legend who will live forever."
--Mariah Carey tweeted.
"RIP Dame Elizabeth Taylor.....Like a pure white diamond you'll shine on and on and on."
--Kylie Minogue tweeted.
"Sad to hear of Elizabeth Taylor's death. She was the first major celebrity to join me in the fight against AIDS when it wasn't a popular cause."
--Joan Rivers tweeted.
"RIP Dame Elizabeth Taylor, surely the last of a breed. Man. End of an era."
Stephen Fry tweeted.
"Elizabeth Taylor was a great friend, a great star and one gutsy woman. She was so special. You won't see the likes of her again..."
--Larry King tweeted.
"Elizabeth Taylor was an impactful person in this industry and on society as a whole. I specifically admire her charitable efforts including bringing early awareness to HIV/AIDS."
--Tito Jackson tells Us Weekly.
"We have just lost a Hollywood giant. More importantly, we have lost an incredible human being."
--Elton John told CNN in a statement.
"Elizabeth, thank you for the lessons you taught me about life, suffering and joy. You are the BRIGHTEST STAR in the universe. Eternal love."
--Kirstie Alley tweeted.
"I am so saddened about the passing of Elizabeth Taylor! She will always be my idol!"
--Kim Kardashian tweeted.
"Elizabeth was the last great movie star. And a great human being. What I'll always remember about Elizabeth was her laugh. She would walk into a room looking like a princess and suddenly there would be this cackle that filled the room that would crack us all up. I'm so glad to have known her. It's a very sad day for me."
--Barry Manilow tells Us Weekly in a statement.
"Rest in peace Elizabeth Taylor. Thoughts and prayers to your family and loved ones. You will be missed."
--Denise Richards tweeted.
"Rest in peace, Elizabeth Taylor. You are a prism & will live on through all the good you did while you were with us."
--Alyssa Milano tweeted.
"It's the end of an era. It wasn't just her beauty or her stardom. It was her humanitarianism. She put a face on HIV/AIDS. She was funny. She was generous. She made her life count."
--Barbra Streisand tells Us in a statement.