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TV Icon Mary Tyler Moore Dies At Greenwich Hospital At 80

Mary Tyler Moore turned 80 last month.
Mary Tyler Moore turned 80 last month. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons, Author Nick Step; cropped by Beyond My Ken (talk)

Beloved actress Mary Tyler Moore died Wednesday at the age of 80, according to her publicist. The television icon died at Greenwich Hospital, according to the New York Times .

"Today, beloved icon, Mary Tyler Moore, passed away at the age of 80 in the company of friends and her loving husband of over 33 years, Dr. S. Robert Levine," her publicist, Mara Buxbaum, said in a statement. "A groundbreaking actress, producer, and passionate advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Mary will be remembered as a fearless visionary who turned the world on with her smile."

Moore reportedly had a home in Greenwich.

According to a post earlier Wednesday from TMZ, family members had been going to an unnamed hospital in Connecticut to say goodbye to Moore, who had been on a respirator for a week.

Moore had long battled health issues. She was diagnosed with Type I diabetes when she was 33, and underwent surgery in 2011 to remove a meningioma, a benign brain tumor. According to Wikipedia, she had heart and kidney problems and was nearly blind in 2014. In October 2015, Moore's onetime co-star Dick Van Dyke said on "Larry King Now," that diabetes "has taken a toll on her; she's not well at all."

Moore is most famous from her starring roles in two beloved sitcoms, "The Dick Van Dyke Show" from 1961 to 1966 and long-running "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" from 1970 to 1977. She earned 15 Emmy nominations and won seven times.

Her movies includes "Thoroughly Modern Millie" and "Ordinary People," which garnered her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress.

In 1980, she was the winner of a Special Tony Award for “Whose Life Is It Anyway?”

The actress had long been active in the area of animal rights and is the international chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Click here to read the story at TMZ.com. Click here to read the story at the New York Times.

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