“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,” Mara Buxbaum, Moore’s longtime representative, said in a statement. “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 actress best known for her role in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” passed away today. The cause of her passing has not been confirmed yet, but it has been said she was suffering from many serious health problems. Her close friend Betty White said in 2014 that Moore was suffering from diabetes and nearly blind. In 2011, her spokesman Alla Plotkin told the Daily Mail that Moore had undergone surgery to remove a benign tumor from her brain. Our friends at Global News have more information about her life and career here.
As you can imagine, tributes and heart-felt goodbyes have been pouring in on social media since the news of her passing first broke.
Mary Tyler Moore changed the world for all women. I send my love to her family.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) January 25, 2017
She turned the world on with her smile. RIP, Mary Tyler Moore. You were a role model in so many ways.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) January 25, 2017