Television icon Mary Tyler Moore passed away this afternoon at the age of 80.
The Emmy award-winning actress died Wednesday surrounded by family members who quickly flocked to say their goodbyes at a Connecticut hospital.
Her publicist, Mara Buxbaum,said in a statement: ‘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.
‘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.’
Moore, whose comic realism helped revolutionize the depiction of women on the small screen, was first reported to be in ‘grave condition’ at the undisclosed hospital, TMZ first reported.
The longtime actress, who gained fame in the 1960s as the frazzled wife Laura Petrie on ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show’, had been on a respirator for more than a week, TMZ reported.
Moore suffered from a number of health problems and her condition ‘had become critical’ recently.
The Mary Tyler Moore Show opening (with different clips)