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STUDIO CITY (CBS/AP) — Jeanne Wolf, contributing editor for Parade Magazine, visited KCAL9 Wednesday to discuss the life and death of actress Elizabeth Taylor.

Taylor died Wednesday morning at the age of 79. She had recently been hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where was being treated for symptoms of congestive heart failure.

Taylor was surrounded by her children: Michael Wilding, Christopher Wilding, Liza Todd, and Maria Burton, according to her publicist Sally Morrison. In addition to her children, she is survived by 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Taylor announced her congestive heart failure diagnosis in 2004.

elizabeth taylor Parade Magazines Jeanne Wolf Discusses Elizabeth Taylors Life, Career (AFP/Getty Images)

A private family funeral will be held later this week. In lieu of flowers, Taylor’s family asks that donations be made to the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. Personal messages can also be shared on a Facebook triubute page.

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