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Mary Tyler Moore has passed away at age 80

The TV icon has passed away age 80
Mary Tyler Moore

Beloved television star Mary Tyler Moore has passed away in a Connecticut hospital at the age of 80.

A long-time rep for the actress confirmed the sad news in a statement, saying, “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.

The star rose to fame in The Dick Van Dyke Show and later, The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

“A groundbreaking actress, producer, and passionate advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Mary will be remembered as a fearless visionary who turned the world on with her smile.”

The Hollywood veteran rose to fame after a starring role on The Dick Van Dyke Show in the ‘60s, before cementing her place in America’s hearts with seven hit seasons of The Mary Tyler Moore Show in the ‘70s.

A talented actress, Mary notched up seven Emmys during her long career and also gained a Best Actress Oscar nod for her turn in the 1980 movie Ordinary People. She was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1986.

Throughout her career, Mary won seven Emmy awards and was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar.

The New York native, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 1966, was a staunch campaigner for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and took on the role of International Chairman for the organisation.

Mary had been open about her long battle with diabetes, telling the Chicago Tribune in 2004 that she underwent laser surgeries in order to combat problems with her vision. In 2011, she also underwent brain surgery to remove a benign tumour.

TMZ was first to report the star was in ‘grave condition’ at a hospital in Connecticut earlier today, citing a source who revealed the actress had been on a respirator for over a week.

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