Mary Tyler Moore, the beloved actress who turned the world on with her smile, has died. The legendary star of The Mary Tyler Moore Show passed away Tuesday in a Connecticut hospital. She was 80.
Moore’s longtime publicist Mara Buxbaum confirmed the sad news in a statement.
“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.”
WENN.com — The actress was reportedly suffering from a number of health issues in the weeks before her death.
Moore has been battling diabetes for many years and she underwent brain surgery in 2011.
Moore’s formidable career in Hollywood took off over 50 years ago, when she became a household name portraying character Laura Petrie on classic U.S. sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show from 1961 to 1966. She then moved on to star in her namesake program The Mary Tyler Moore Show, which broadcast on the small screen from 1970 to 1977.
She was also a film star, and her work in 1980 drama Ordinary People earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.
Flowers have been placed on her Hollywood Walk of Fame star, where fans are expected to gather this evening to pay their respects to the actress.