Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor has passed away Wednesday, March 23, 2011, surrounded by her four children at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 79, from congestive heart failure. Taylor's son, Michael Wilding, released this statement: "We will always be inspired by her enduring contribution to our world."
The violet-eyed, British born actress had suffered from numerous health problems since 1997 and was most recently hospitalized in Los Angeles at the beginning of February this year for congestive heart failure, a condition she has had since November 2004. She is survived by her four children, ten grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Taylor is famous for legendary roles such as Father of the Bride, Cleopatra, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, BUtterfield 8 and Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf?. With being a Hollywood icon and having an acting resume such as Dame Elizabeth Taylor, it is impossible to avoid touching lives.
As shared by Eonline, below is what Hollywood has had to say about the news of the great actress and friend,
Elton John: "We have just lost a Hollywood giant; more importantly, we have lost an incredible human being."
Joan Collins: "I am so terribly sad about the death of Elizabeth Taylor. Although everyone here in Hollywood knew that her end was near we are all shocked. She was the last of the true Hollywood icons, a great beauty, a great actress and continually fascinating to the world throughout her tumultuous life and career. There will never be another star who will come close to her luminosity and generosity, particularly in her fight against AIDS. She will be missed."
Tito Jackson: "Elizabeth Taylor was in impactful person in this industry and on society as a whole. I specifically admire her charitable efforts including bringing early awareness to HIV/AIDS. Most memorable is her steadfast loyalty and unwavering friendship to my late brother Michael Jackson. Liz provided a sense of relief and comfort to my brother at various difficult times in his life, and I appreciate that, may she rest in peace."
Larry King: "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…"
Steve Martin: "I met Elizabeth Taylor several times. She was witty and self-deprecating, which I found surprising and delightful. She loved to laugh."
Zooey Deschanel: "RIP elizabeth taylor, a great actress and a great beauty, who's formidable contributions to both film and charity will always be remembered."
Joan Rivers: "Sad to hear of Elizabeth Taylor's death. She was the 1st major celebrity to join me in the fight against AIDS when it wasn't a popular cause."
Kim Kardashian: "I am so saddened about the passing of Elizabeth Taylor! She will always be my idol!"
Khloé Kardashian Odom: "RIP to the glamour goddess Elizabeth Taylor. Thank you for sharing your life with us. Thank you for the memories."
Kourtney Kardashian: "A legendary woman has left us today. The world will not be the same without her beauty, glamour, generosity and gift of giving."
Kirstie Alley: "Elizabeth…thank u for the lessons u taught me about life…suffering and Joy…you are the BRIGHTEST STAR in the universe. Eternal love."
Melissa Gilbert: "Dame Elizabeth Taylor. Idol, activist, Mother, beauty with an enormous heart. You will be missed everyday."
Melissa Joan Hart: "We have lost an amazing talent and beautiful soul! RIP Elizabeth Taylor."
Serena Williams: "Elizabeth Taylor. Grace style, elegance, legend. You had Beauty the world has ever seen. No words can describe the loss of you."