Her publicist confirmed her death in a statement released saying that the Hollywood icon died in Los Angeles of congestive heart failure.
Her son, Michael Wilding, confirmed the sad news and paid tribute to his late mother in a statement, which reads:
“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 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.”
Good Morning America said she died “in the early hours this morning” in Los Angeles, with her four children – Michael Wilding, Christopher Wilding, Liza Todd, and Maria Burton – by her side at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
In addition to her children, Taylor is survived by 10 grand children and four great grandchildren. Publicist Sally Morrison says a private family funeral will be held later this week. In lieu of flowers, the family asked that contributions be made to the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.