Gay icon Elizabeth Taylor has died in LA, aged 79.
The film star, who had a long history of ill health, died at the Ceders-Sinai Medical Center, where she was being treated for congestive heart failure.
The double Oscar-winning actress’s son, Michael Wilding, gave a statement in which he called her “an extraordinary women who lived life to the fullest”.
Wilding said of his mother, “her legacy will never fade, her spirit will always be with us, and her love will forever be in our hearts”.
Dame Elizabeth starred in classic films National Velvet, Cleopatra and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.
She is also famous for her seven husbands, one of which was British film star Richard Burton.
She was an avid supporter of gay rights and the founder of the American Foundation for AIDS Research, which has contributed almost $250 million to HIV and AIDS research since the 1980s.
Taylor’s family will be holding a private funeral for her later this week. They have asked for contributions to the AIDS foundation, rather than flowers.