Television star Mary Tyler Moore dies at the age of 80
Mary Tyler Moore, the star of TV's beloved The Mary Tyler Moore Show whose comic realism helped revolutionise the depiction of women on the small screen, has died aged 80.
Moore died yesterday with her husband and friends nearby, her publicist said.
Moore gained fame in the 1960s as frazzled wife Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show.
In the 1970s, she created one of TV's first career-woman sitcom heroines in The Mary Tyler Moore Show. She won seven Emmy awards over the years and was nominated for an Oscar for her 1980 portrayal of an affluent mother whose son is accidentally killed in Ordinary People.
She had battled diabetes for many years, and in 2011 she underwent surgery to remove a benign tumour on the lining of her brain.
She had been breathing through a respirator for more than a week, a source told TMZ.