Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was an English-American actress. A former child star, she grew to be known for her acting talent and beauty, as well as her Hollywood lifestyle, including many marriages. Taylor was considered one of the great actresses of Hollywood’s golden age. The American Film Institute named Taylor seventh on its Female Legends list.
Elizabeth Taylor died at the age of 79 at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for congestive heart failure.
The two main causes of death in patients with heart failure are sudden or arrhythmic death and progressive pump failure. In a 38 year follow-up of patients in the Framingham Heart Study, the presence of heart failure significantly increased overall and sudden cardiac death mortality by five-fold. The SCD death potential in men and women with heart failure was as great as that noted in patients with overt coronary heart disease.