Mary Tyler Moore, who is best known for her roles in The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, passed away at the age of 80, on January 25.
Moore's representative Mara Buxbaum released the following statement to TMZ: "Today, beloved icon, Mary Tyler Moore, passed away at the age of 80 in the company of friends and her loving husband of over 33 years, Dr. S. Robert Levine. 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."
Moore, who just turned 80 on December 29, didn't make too many public appearances lately. According to TMZ, Mary Tyler Moore's health deteriorated over the years.. Mary Tyler Moore suffered from diabetes for years since she was diagnosed with it in 1966. In 2011, she underwent brain surgery for a tumour. Moore's problem of diabetes caused various other problems like kidney and heart issues.
According to a source as told to TMZ, Moore has "been on a respirator for more than a week." According to her biography, Mary Tyler Moore had a strong alcohol addiction. She got herself checked into the Betty Ford Clinic for the treatment after she had a serious struggle with alcohol.
Moore married thrice. Her first husband was Richard Meeker whom she married in 1955. The couple had a son, Richard Meeker, Jr., but after his unfortunate death in 1980, Moore married Grant Tinker, television director. In 1983, she married Robert Levine.
According to her biography she was, an animal lover and vegetarian. "Moore also has been an activist with Farm Sanctuary, and she and Bernadette Peters co-founded Broadway Barks in 1999. The group organizes an annual event with Broadway stars to promote pet adoptions from shelters," the bio says.