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Wednesday 23 March 2011 @ 14:47 - GMT

An award-winning actress who was an AIDS activist as well as a good friend of Elton's has died.

Elizabeth Taylor was 79.

The cause was congestive heart failure. She had been hospitalised for nearly a month and a half at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, publicist Sally Morrison said.

"All her children were with her," Morrison reported.

Taylor won three Oscars, including a special one for her humanitarian work. But she was tortured by ill health, failed romances and personal tragedy.

She was married eight times, and lost one of her husbands, Mike Todd, in a plane crash.

Taylor wed Richard Burton twice, and their enduring romance was the subject of the 2010 book, Furious Love.

Elton, who has said Elizabeth's work inspired him to start his AIDS foundation, released the following statement.

''We have just lost a Hollywood giant; more importantly, we have lost an incredible human being.''

Taylor's family requested in a statement that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.

In addition to her four children, she is survived by 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

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