Sad news for television and comedy fans of all ages.
TV icon Mary Tyler Mooredied on Wednesday after being hospitalized in Connecticut and remaining on a respirator for more than a week. Moore’s rep released 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.”
The Mary Tyler Moore Show, which debuted in 1970, was hailed by feminists and fans alike as the first modern woman’s sitcom. The actress has long battled diabetes and even underwent brain surgery in 2011. The family decided on Tuesday to take Moore off life support.
Rest in peace, Mary Tyler Moore! Your legacy will continue to live on.