Hollywood legend, icon and true beauty Elizabeth Taylor died this morning at the age of 79 this morning after a fight with congestive heart failure. Her son, Michael Wilding, released this statement on his family’s behalf:
“My Mother was an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest, with great passion, humor, and love. 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 all 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.” SOURCE
You honestly don’t need me to tell you what a legend Elizabeth was, mostly because everything you need to know about her can be found in the above statement. But I will say this: I’m not great when it comes to stories about celebrity deaths, and our hearts go out to Elizabeth’s family. God knows they’re grieving right now. Life is precious because it’s so short and so limited: What happens after it is still a mystery, but the time to truly celebrate a person’s life is when they’re still alive. But if you’re lucky enough to still have a mother, or a wife, or a sister, call them up and tell them you love them. Go ahead, do it right now. Connecting with someone you love, even for a moment, is a goddamn precious thing, so why the hell not do it right now, right?