Michael Wilding, Elizabeth Taylor's Son, Says Mother Was Extraordinary

Michael Wilding, Elizabeth Taylors son, says his mother was an extraordinary woman.

Taylor died yesterday of congestive heart failure at 79. Taylors films include National Velvet, Cleopatra, and Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, one of the two films for which she won an Oscar.

My mother was an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest, with great passion, humor, and love, Wilding, 58, said in a statement Wednesday. 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 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.

Michael was with his mother when she passed away, as were her other kids Christopher Wilding, Elizabeth Liza Todd and Maria Burton.

The star also had ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Elizabeths funeral will take place later this week, while a memorial service is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

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