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Elizabeth Taylor dies aged 79

Elizabeth Taylor, one of the biggest icons of Hollywood’s golden age, died yesterday at 79 years old.

The actress was best known for her roles in Cleopatra (where she met on/off lover/husband Richard Burton), Butterfield 8 and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and won the Oscar for best actress twice for her roles in the latter two films. She was also well known for her friendship with Michael Jackson and her campaigning to stamp out HIV/AIDS. She died of congestive heart failure in the early hours of yesterday morning.

‘My mother was an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest, with great passion, humour and love,’ said her son Michael Wilding. ‘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 mum 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.’

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