Elizabeth Taylor Dead at 79

One of classic Hollywood's lights has gone out for good. Elizabeth Taylor, who graced daytime as the original Helena Cassadine on GENERAL HOSPITAL in 1981 and also guest-starred on ALL MY CHILDREN in 1984, passed away early this morning in Los Angeles of heart failure. The actress had been ill for some time.

"She was surrounded by her children: Michael Wilding, Jr., Christopher Wilding, Liza Todd and Maria Burton," Taylor's publicist, Sally Morrison, said in a statement. In the same statement, Michael Wilding, Jr. (ex-Jackson, GL), 58, memorialized his mother. "My Mother was an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest, with great passion, humor, and love," he said. "Though her loss is devastating to those of us who held her so close and so dear, we will always be inspired by her enduring contribution to our world. Her remarkable body of work in film, her ongoing success as a businesswoman, and her brave and relentless advocacy in the fight against HIV/AIDS, all make us all incredibly proud of what she accomplished. We know, quite simply, that the world is a better place for Mom having lived in it. Her legacy will never fade, her spirit will always be with us, and her love will live forever in our hearts."