Screen icon Elizabeth Taylor died of congestive heart failure March 23, 2011 at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles at age 79.
“She was surrounded by her children: Michael Wilding, Christopher Wilding, Liza Todd, and Maria Burton,” Taylor’s rep said in a statement.
Brain Tumor, Skin Cancer, Diabetes, Stroke
Taylor, who was hospitalized in February 2011 for congestive heart failure, had a long history of health problems during the past 50 years, including a brain tumor, diabetes, skin cancer, dramatic weight fluctuations, pneumonia, seizures and a stroke.
Elizabeth, who was a child star and two-time Oscar winner (for Butterfield 8 in 1960 and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in 1966), also had both hips replaced and five operations on her back.
Taylor Had Over 100 Operations
In 2010, Elizabeth reportedly resolved not to undergo any more operations after getting over 100 surgeries in recent years to treat her various ailments.
In a statement, Taylor’s son, Michael Wilding, 58, memorialized his mother:
“My Mother was an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest, with great passion, humor, and love,” he said. “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/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.”
Celebrity Twitter Reactions
Elton John – “We have just lost a Hollywood giant; more importantly, we have lost an incredible human being.”
Kim Kardashian – “I am so saddened about the passing of Elizabeth Taylor! She will always be my idol!”
Mariah Carey – “R.I.P. Elizabeth Taylor an incomparable legend who will live forever.”
Alyssa Milano – “Rest in peace, Elizabeth Taylor. You are a prism & will live on through all the good you did while you were with us.”
Dita Von Teese – “My biggest “I can’t believe this is happening” moment: Rest in peace, Divine Liz.Thank you for your beauty, true glamour, and for all that you did for people with HIV. #LizTaylor”
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.”
Khloe Kardashian – “RIP to the glamour goddess Elizabeth Taylor. Thank you for sharing your life with us. Thank you for the memories.”
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”
Kate Walsh – “Elizabeth Taylor, rest in peace. What an extraordinary woman. JUST talking about ‘furious love’ yesterday. Xxxxxx”
LeAnn Rimes – “RIP Elizabeth Taylor. It’s so amazing how someone has left such a legacy that will forever live on. I am really, truly saddened this morning.”
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… If Elizabeth took on a battle, she took it on 100%. She was first major celeb in the AIDS battle and she made it her cause…”
Rose McGowan – “I am devastated.The Queen has died.Her talent,beauty,dedication to curing AIDS,love of love&her violet eyes will live on.”
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”
Lisa Rinna – “Rest in peace beautiful Elizabeth! Let’s pray for peace today all over the world.”
Marlee Matlin – “So VERY shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Dame Elizabeth Taylor. A true Hollywood legend and humanitarian and friend. RIP.”