Actress Mary Tyler Moore dies at 80

People are placing flowers at her statue in Minneapolis.
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Mary Tyler Moore has died. TMZ and the Associated Press first reported the news Wednesday. Then the official Mary Tyler Moore ShowFacebook page confirmed it.

"We are so sad to report that our beloved Mary Tyler Moore has passed away at age 80. Thank you all for being fans of the show. We will never forget her," the post reads.

Earlier Wednesday, TMZ had said the 80-year-old actress was in "grave condition" at a hospital in Connecticut, and family members were saying their goodbyes.

Moore's health hasn't been that great lately, reports have said, and a source told TMZ that she's been on a respirator for more than a week. However, there aren't many details as to why she's so ill.

Moore has had a history of health problems – she's diabetic, had a brain tumor removed in 2011, and battled alcoholism.

She's most known for here roles in The Dick Van Dyke Show and the 1970s sitcom, The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

In the Mary Tyler Moore Show, her character worked as a news producer in Minneapolis. In her honor, there's a statue of her on Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis. A tourist advisor for the mall told GoMN it's in the visitor center.

TV Land gave the statue to the City in 2001, the Star Tribune reported.

Minnesota responds

After hearing about her passing, Gov. Mark Dayton – who's been dealing with his own health problemsreleased a statement saying the actress will always be a Minnesota icon.

"The Mary Tyler Moore Show shared Minneapolis and our entire state with the world, as a place where everyone has the chance to work hard, follow dreams, and succeed. Minnesota will miss her," Dayton said.

Lt. Gov. Tina Smith added that the actress was a "role model for countless women and girls in the 1960s and 1970s, including me."

Sen. Al Franken has also expressed his condolences.

And people have been placing flowers at her statue in Minneapolis.

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