Academy Award winning actress Elizabeth Taylor died of congestive heart failure at the age of 79 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center early Wednesday morning.
Taylor entered the hospital six week ago for treatment of symptoms of the disease, said publicist Sally Morrison.
Taylor's son Michael Wilding released a statement:
"My mother was an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest, with great passion, humor, and love. 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 businesswoman, and her brace 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."
The family asks that contributions be made to Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation -- elizabethforaidsfoundation.org