Movie icon Elizabeth Taylor, one of Michael Jackson’s most loyal friends, has passed away at the age of 79.
The actress’ family announced Tuesday in a statement that Elizabeth died Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She had been in the hospital since February as she was being treated for heart failure prior to her passing yesterday.
The actress had been in and out of the hospital since 2009, when she announced via Twitter that she had to get heart surgery to fix a valve.
“Her legacy will never fade, her spirit will always be with us, and her love will live forever in our hearts,” her son Michael Wilding said in the statement.
Elizabeth starred in more than 50 movies over the course of her career, and won two Oscars for her performances in BUtterfield 8 and Who’s Afraid of Virgina Wolfe?. Her most iconic film, however, has to be the epic Cleopatra. She met one of her husbands, Richard Burton, while shooting the film. The couple would eventually divorce and remarry before divorcing again.
The actress was divorced seven times in her life, but she wed eight men. More recently, she denied an engagement to Jason Winters, who was nearly 30 years her junior.
Elizabeth was also a philanthropist and an AIDS activism pioneer who helped raise more than $200 million for research on fighting the deadly condition.
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