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Mary Tyler Moore Has Died, Age 80

Mary Tyler Moore, the beloved actress from the self-named TV sitcom, has died.

The 80-year-old icon has had serious health issues for many years, including a battle with diabetes. In 2011, Moore had surgery to remove a benign tumor from her brain.

Earlier today, Moore was hospitalized and considered in critical condition. Her condition was so bad, sources close to the family say members of her family were coming to the hospital to say their goodbyes.

Moore got her start in TV commercials, starring in 39 Happy Hotpoint ads in 5 days. She earned $6,000 on that alone. Once she got pregnant, the company dropped her because it was too hard to conceal the pregnancy. Moore's son, Richard, was tragically killed at the age of 24 after accidentally shooting himself in the head with a shotgun.

Her first regular television role was on Richard Diamond, Private Detective as a television receptionist whose face was never seen, just her legs.

Moore's big break came on The Dick Van Dyke Show where she played Dick Van Dyke's wife at just age 24. She won an Emmy award for her performance, saying "I know this will never happen again."

In 1970, Mary Tyler Moore got her own show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show which starred Betty White and Cloris Leachman. The series won an Emmy award for most outstanding comedy series in 1977.

Mary Tyler Moore worked tirelessly with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to raise awareness and funds for type 1 diabetes.

All our prayers are with Mary Tyler Moore and her family. May she rest in peace.

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