Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor dies of heart failure in hospital aged 79.
Actress Elizabeth Taylor has died at the age of 79, her publicist confirmed today.
The star passed away from congestive heart failure in hospital last night having suffered from the condition since November 2004.
She was admitted to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles 'for monitoring' last month.
Legend: Elizabeth Taylor has died in hospital aged 79
"Her legacy will never fade, her spirit will always be with us, and her love will live forever in our hearts," son Michael Wilding said.
Taylor starred in 50-plus movies. She made the leap from child star to world's biggest star. She won two Oscars, for Butterfield 8 and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Other signature films included National Velvet, Father of the Bride, Giant, and Cleopatra, on the set of which she began a notorious love affair with costar Richard Burton, whom she would marry, divorce, remarry and divorce again.
In all, Taylor celebrated eight marriages and endured seven divorces.
She was surrounded by her children when she passed away and today her son Michael Wilding, said: 'We will always be inspired by her enduring contribution to our world.'
Taylor turned 79 on February 27 but celebrated with her friends and family a month early as ten days later she was admitted to hospital.
In addition to her children, she is survived by ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
The 'Cleopatra' star was hospitalized last month for heart failure, and also underwent heart surgery in 2009.
In a recent Harper's Bazaar interview with super-fan Kim Kardashian, Taylor opened up about her many husbands, jewels and philanthropic work.
"I never planned to acquire a lot of jewels or a lot of husbands," Taylor told the 30-year-old Kardashian sister. "For me, life happened, just as it does for anyone else. I have been supremely lucky in my life in that I have known great love, and of course I am the temporary custodian of some incredible and beautiful things. But I have never felt more alive than when I watched my children delight in something, never more alive than when I have watched a great artist perform, and never richer than when I have scored a big check to fight AIDS."