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BREAKING: Mary Tyler Moore dies, age 80

Our thoughts are with the US TV icon’s friends and family during this difficult time.
Mary Tyler Moore

Actress Mary Tyler Moore has lost her life overnight, with the 80-year-old TV-sitcom star being surrounded by her husband, Dr Robert Levine, and family as she passed away at home.

The type-1 diabetic has faced a myriad of health complications over the years, including having a benign tumour removed from her brain in 2011.

“A groundbreaking actress, producer, and passionate advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, her representative, Mary Buxbaum, said in a statement to NBC News, “Mary will be remembered as a fearless visionary who turned the world on with her smile.”

Moore rose to fame in the 1960s in her starring role as Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show, before claiming 1970s American television watchers with her own show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

It was her own self-titled show that really put Moore on the map, as CNBC describe it as one of the first US TV sitcoms that celebrated the “career-woman” heroine.

We are sending our deepest condolences to Moore’s family, friends and fans during this difficult time.

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