As news of Elizabeth Taylor spread, celebrities, leaders of humanitarian organizations, and average Americans share their thoughts and sentiments about the legendary Hollywood actress known for her beauty, many marriages, and humanitarian efforts.
"We have just lost a Hollywood giants [but more] importantly, we have lost an incredible human being," Singer Elton John said in a statement he released upon learning about the news of the death of his longtime friend.
Other celebrities posted their sentiments and thoughts about her passing on their respective Twitter accounts. CNN host Larry King—who interviewed Taylor on his show Larry King Live on several occasions—tweeted that "Elizabeth Taylor was a great friend, a great star and one gutsy woman. She was so special. You won't see the likes of her again."
Good Morning America talk show host Barbara Walters expressed her shock upon learning the news.
"I think it's a surprise that she died because we who were in touch felt that she might make it."
Singer Kylie Minogue sent out a rather poetic tweet on her Twitter account: "RIP Dame Elizabeth Taylor…Like a pure white diamond you'll shine on and on and on." George Michael tweeted: "Such a sad day, Elizabeth Taylor was the last of the Hollywood greats, and a fantastically charming woman. … She also did a great deal in the last 25 yrs to help the world deal with the HIV epidemic. I am proud to have known her if only a little."
On the other hand, singer Ricky Martin tweeted a simple "Elizabeth Taylor RIP" message.
It is not just Hollywood that is expressing their sadness on the passing of Elizabeth Taylor. As a woman known for her many humanitarian efforts, her death is also mourned by leaders of humanitarian organizations as well.
Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese paid tribute to Taylor as "one of the first voices to speak up about the AIDS crisis while many others stayed silent."
"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," he said in a statement.
The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation—which the actress established following the death of her friend, Rock Hudson, who succumbed to the disease—posted a statement on its website expressing their sorrow of the passing of their founder.
Jarrett Barrios, president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) issued a press release which they posted in their website expressing both their sorrow and appreciation towards Taylor who supported their cause to be able "to live as open and freely as everybody else."
Even government offices and businesses joined in the mourning of the passing of Elizabeth Taylor. Elizabeth Arden, Inc.—a globally known company known for its beauty products, and distributes a line of fragrance brands of the actress—issued the statement below:
It is with deep sadness that we learned of the passing of Elizabeth Taylor, the legendary actress, activist and businesswoman. As her business partner in the fragrance industry, we have held her in the highest esteem and have had tremendous respect for her extraordinary compassion, creativity and business acumen.
With the launch of her first fragrance in 1987, Elizabeth Taylor's Passion, she built a fragrance empire and one of the most successful brands in fragrance history. White Diamonds remains a best seller almost 20 years after its 1991 introduction, a testimony to her transcendent and enduring appeal. Our best tribute to Elizabeth Taylor will be to continue the legacy of the brands she created and loved so much.
To pay tribute to Elizabeth Taylor, the New York Public Library has also begun sharing historic photos of the two-time Academy Award-winning actress from its extensive collection online.
Fans have also posted their sentiments on Twitter as they remember the legendary actress. One fan, with the username samijae, wrote: "the nyc sky is crying for elizabeth taylor."
Meanwhile, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) has announced that it will be having a 24-hour memorial tribute to Elizabeth Taylor which will include featuring Taylor's memorable films including Lassie Come Home (1943), the historical epic Ivanhoe (1952), and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1966) where she had an Academy Award for Best Actress. The memorial tribute is scheduled to air on Sunday, April 10, 2011 beginning at 6 o'clock am EST.
Elizabeth Taylor died on Wednesday at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles after being confined for six weeks for congestive heart failure at the age of 79.