Hollywood actress Elizabeth Taylor has died aged 79.
Dame Elizabeth had been at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in LA since 10 February where she was being treated for symptoms of congestive heart failure.
‘She was surrounded by her children Michael Wilding, Christopher Wilding, Liza Todd and Maria Burton,’ her publicist says in a statement.
A Best Actress Oscar double-winner, Dame Elizabeth – who was married 8 times to 7 husbands – won her Academy Awards for Butterfield 8 in 1961 and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in 1967.
The veteran star kept in touch with her fans on micro-blogging site Twitter.
‘Dear Friends, I would like to let you know before it gets in the papers that I am going into the hospital to have a procedure on my heart,’ Liz Tweeted in 2009.
‘It’s very new and involves repairing my leaky valve using a clip device, without open heart surgery, so that my heart will function better.’
Dame Elizabeth also underwent two hip replacements and had a benign tumour removed from her brain.
‘Any prayers you happen to have lying around I would dearly appreciate,’ she told her followers.
‘I’ll let you know when it’s all over. Love you, Elizabeth.’
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