Classic TV icon Mary Tyler Moore has passed away on January 25 after being hospitalized in Connecticut.
It is unclear at this point what the exact cause of death is, but her rep stated she died in the company of her friends and husband of 33 years. Mary Tyler Moore had been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 33 and became an outspoken advocate for those suffering with the illness. She has engaged in initiatives to research cures and even served as the chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. She also appeared in several TV spots for the foundation over the years, effectively becoming the face of juvenile diabetes research.
Her disease seemed to get the better of her in recent years however. She had been suffering from near blindness up to the point of her death.
Moore got her start in the 1960s, rising to international stardom with her role in “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” Her own sitcom “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” followed shortly after in the 1970s. The show received a lot of attention for being one of the first shows to feature an unmarried working girl as the title character. The show tackled a lot of women’s rights issues like equal pay for equal work and choosing to take birth control, issues that were even more controversial at that time.
Mary Tyler Moore is survived by her husband Robert Levine. Her son Richard passed away in 1980. She will be sorely missed.