Longtime actress Mary Tyler Moore has died, her publicist said on Wednesday afternoon.
“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,” her publicist Mara Buxbaum said, according to New York Daily News.
TMZ first reported Moore, 80, was hospitalized in “grave condition.”
Moore appeared on the “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and also starred in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” from 1970 to 1977. Moore also appeared in films, including “Ordinary People” in a role that earned her an Academy Award nomination.
Moore, who suffered from diabetes, had brain surgery in 2011 to remove a benign tumor.
Van Dyke, in an interview in 2015, told longtime TV host Larry King that her Type 1 diabetes “has taken a toll on her; she’s not well at all.” She was diagnosed with the illness in 1966, as the New York Daily News noted. She openly discussed the disease on the “Mary Tyler Moore Show.”
“When the doctor said I had diabetes, I conjured images of languishing on a chaise longue nibbling chocolates,” Moore told USA Today in 2009. “I have no idea why I thought this.”
She told them she kept a loaded insulin syringe with her while dining out just in case she needed it.
“I shoot myself right through my clothes there at the table, right here in my thigh. I seldom wear white as a result,” she said.