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Mary Tyler Moore, Television Icon, Dead at 80

Mary Tyler Moore, whose starring roles in television comedies as staunchly independent women made her an icon of the second-wave feminist movement and inspired millions of American women for generations thereafter, has passed away. She was 80. The actress had long battled Type 1 diabetes and in recent years had undergone several laser surgeries to treat her deteriorating vision. She later underwent brain surgery in 2011. TMZ was the first to report Moore was in "grave" condition at a Connecticut hospital and that her family members had come to say their last goodbyes.

"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," Moore's longtime representative Mara Buxbaum said. "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."

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