Mary Tyler Moore Passes Away At 80

January 25, 2017

Beloved television star Mary Tyler Moore has passed away at the age of 80 after being hospitalized in Connecticut.

In a statement released by Moore's rep Mara Buxbaum, "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."

Born on December 29, 1936 in Brooklyn, NY, Moore rose to fame while appearing on the "Dick Van Dyke Show." She would soon have her own successful program, "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."

"I think Mary Tyler Moore has probably had more influence on my career than any other single person or force," says Oprah Winfrey.

She was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes by the time she was 33 and had been suffering from near blindness in her later years.

Moore was also an outspoken advocate for curing diabetes, women's rights, and animal rights. She even said in an interview, "I would like to be remembered as somebody who made a difference in the lives of animals."

(source: Huffington Post)