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Screen legend Elizabeth Taylor dies

Hollywood legend Dame Elizabeth Taylor, renowned as one of the world's most glamorous stars, has died at the age of 79, according to reports.

The actress, who lived her entire life in the spotlight, has suffered from ill health for many years and last month was treated for heart problems.

The star was renowned not only for her performances in movies such as Butterfield 8 and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, but her personal life.

She was married eight times and had a lengthy battle with substance abuse.

Her death has been reported by US broadcasters.

The Oscar-winning star died on Wednesday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles from congestive heart failure, according to her spokeswoman Sally Morrison.

She said the actress's children were at her side.

Dame Elizabeth had been taken to the hospital with congestive heart failure six weeks ago.

A spokeswoman for the hospital said: "She passed away at 1.28 (LA time) this morning."

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