The movie icon passed away in Los Angeles after a long battle with congestive heart failure, and within minutes of the announcement, dozens of celebrities were paying their respects to the star.
Sir Elton John said, “We have just lost a Hollywood giant; more importantly, we have lost an incredible human being”, while other stars flooded microblogging website Twitter.com to pay tribute.
George Michael wrote, “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 (sic) to help the world deal with the HIV epidemic. I am proud to have known her if only a little.”
Boy George wrote, “R.I.P the amazing Liz Taylor, goddess, actress, aids activist and one of the world’s true beauties!”, while Ricky Martin added, “Elizabeth Taylor RIP.”
Kylie Minogue re-posted a message of hope from Taylor – a keen Twitter user – from last year (10), adding, “RIP Dame Elizabeth Taylor… Like a pure white diamond you’ll shine on and on and on.”
Denise Richards wrote, “Rest in peace Elizabeth Taylor. Thoughts and prayers to your family and loved ones. You will be missed,” and Alyssa Milano adds, “You are a prism & will live on through all the good you did while you were with us.”
British funnyman Stephen Fry wrote, “RIP Dame Elizabeth Taylor, surely the last of a breed… “, Kirstie Alley ‘Tweeted’, “Elizabeth… thank u for the lessons u taught me about life… suffering and joy… you are the brightest star in the universe… Eternal love”, and Sandra Bernhard wrote, “Elizabeth Taylor, when love was passionate, hair was always coiffed, Acapulco was sizzling, and dreams were there for the taking.”
Taylor’s fellow British actress Dame Diana Rigg said, “She was the most beautiful woman I have ever clapped eyes on. A really sweet woman,” and LeAnn Rimes added, “RIP Elizabeth Taylor. It’s so amazing how someone has left such a legacy that will forever live on. I am really, truly saddened this morning.”
And Kings of Leon star Nathan Followill even took the opportunity to make a wry comment, adding: “RIP Elizabeth Taylor. My grandpa (has) just received heaven’s 1st ever restraining order.”
LaToya Jackson said, “Liz Taylor was an incredible friend to my brother at his side through some of his most difficult times… “, and Mariah Carey Tweeted, “R.I.P. Elizabeth Taylor an incomparable legend who will live forever.”
Taylor was a dedicated activist throughout her life and the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) released a statement to honour her good work.
President Jarrett Barrios says, “Today, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community lost an extraordinary ally in the movement for full equality.
“Dame Taylor was an icon not only in Hollywood, but in the LGBT community where she worked to ensure that everyone was treated with the respect and dignity we all deserve.”