Wednesday, 23 March 2011 15:11

Elizabeth Taylor Dies This Morning: An LGBT Icon Is Gone

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Elizabeth Taylor, LGBT icon, dies this morning. She was 79 years old.

Sally Morrison, her publicist, told that the actress died of congestive heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Hospital. Taylor had been treated recently for symptoms of the condition.

Elizabeth Taylor, big actress in Hollywood, was in particular known for her activism in the fight against AIDS. She was also considered as an LGBT icon.

Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, said in a statement: “We are deeply saddened by the death Elizabeth Taylor. Ms. Taylor was a true ally to the LGBT community. She was one of the first public voices to speak up about the AIDS crisis while many others stayed silent in the 1980s and she helped raise millions of dollars to fight the disease.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family, and to all those whose lives have been positively impacted by the life and work of Elizabeth Taylor.”