Elizabeth Taylorâ€™s son, Michael Wilding, released an emotional, heartfelt statement on behalf of the entire family, including the actressâ€™ other three children, Christopher Wilding, Liza Todd, and Maria Burton, 10 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren, after her tragic death earlier this morning.
“My mother was an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest, with great passion, humor, and love,” Wilding, 58, said in a statement Wednesday. “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 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 Hollywood legend had been hospitalized six weeks ago with a condition she had struggled for years â€“ a congestive heart failure that resulted in her death at the age of 79.
A private funeral for the family and really close friends will be held later this week. The family asks for fans to not send flowers, but contribute to the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation instead. You can send condolences and pay tribute to Dame Taylor via an official Facebook page.