Elizabeth Taylor died early Wednesday (March 23 2011) of congestive heart failure at the age of 79 in LA’s Cedars-Sinai Hospital.

Taylor died “peacefully today in Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles,” said a statement from her publicist. She was hospitalized six weeks ago with congestive heart failure, “a condition with which she had struggled for many years. Though she had recently suffered a number of complications, her condition had stabilized and it was hoped that she would be able to return home. Sadly, this was not to be.”Source: www.cnn.com

 

She had been unwell for sometime.

She won two Oscars – one for “Butterfield 8” (1960) and the other for “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” (1966).

 

Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was born February 27, 1932, in London, the daughter of two wealthy American art dealers, Francis and Sara Taylor.

 

What is Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)?

Congestive heart failure, commonly abbreviated CHF, occurs when the heart keeps contracting but cannot efficiently pump oxygenated blood throughout the body, starving the muscles of oxygen and nutrients. Typically, the heart has an ejection fraction of about 65%: That means, each time it contracts, about 65% of the blood in the ventricles is forced out into the circulatory system. For a patient with CHF, the ejection fraction will be substantially lower, often 35% or lower, meaning the heart must work much harder to keep the body supplied with blood.

Symptoms include shortness of breath after any type of activity, including walking up a flight of steps; swelling of feet and ankles (edema); weight gain; rapid or irregular pulse; difficulty sleeping; fatigue, weakness or faintness; loss of appetite or indigestion. Fluids may build up around internal organs, including the heart, impairing their ability to function.Source: www.latimes.com

We have lost a super-celebrity!

 

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