AceShowbiz - Hollywood is mourning the death of yet another iconic star. Mary Tyler Moore, the beloved sitcom star who inspired the lyrics "who can turn the world on with her smile?", died Wednesday, January 25, according to her publicist. She was 80 and had fought a long battle with diabetes.
Her family said that her death was due to cardiopulmonary arrest after she had contracted pneumonia. Moore, who revolutionized the role of American women on TV with her witty and graceful performances on two top-rated television shows in the '60s and '70s, died at Greenwich Hospital.
After the sad news broke, Moore's co-star on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show", Ed Asner, paid tribute to the actress on Twitter. "A great lady I loved and owe so much to has left us," so the 87-year-old actor wrote. "I will miss her. I will never be able to repay her for the blessings that she gave me."
A great lady I loved and owe so much to has left us. I will miss her. I will never be able to repay her for the blessings that she gave me.— Ed Asner (@TheOnlyEdAsner) January 25, 2017
#marytylermoore my heart goes out to you and your family. Know that I love you and believe in your strength.— Ed Asner (@TheOnlyEdAsner) January 25, 2017
Many celebrities also took to social media to share their condolences online in the wake of Moore's death. Viola Davis tweeted, "Thanks for the first real image of a woman being independent, funny & vulnerable. Thank you for changing the face of TV."
Jessica Chastain, who is also a feminist, wrote, "This gave me al the feels. Bless #MaryTylerMoore for inspiring so many women. This is how we pay it forward ladies," adding a heart emoji. Octavia Spencer, meanwhile, said, "Who could turn the world on with her smile? She could. You will be missed."
This gave me al the feels. Bless #MaryTylerMoore for inspiring so many women. This is how we pay it forward ladies❤January 25, 2017
Aside from Hollywood stars, CBS also pays homage to its longtime star Moore. The TV network has announced that a 60-minute special, "Mary Tyler Moore: Love Is All Around", will air Thursday at 9 P.M. It replaces previously scheduled episodes of "Mom" and "Life in Pieces". A rerun of "Mom" will move to 8:30 P.M. and replace "The Great Indoors".
Statement from CBS chief Leslie Moonves on passing of Mary Tyler Moore: "A once-in-a-generation talent." pic.twitter.com/RoCDMAjq4U— Joe Adalian (@TVMoJoe) January 25, 2017