Mary Tyler Moore, Actress and Diabetes Advocate, Dies at Age 80
Actress and diabetes research advocate Mary Tyler Moore died on Wednesday at the age of 80. Moore was known for her roles on “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” She was also know in the diabetes community as a fierce advocate for type 1 diabetes research, a condition Moore was diagnosed with when she was 33.
Moore’s death was confirmed by her rep in a statement to People:
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’s fans have shared their memories of the beloved actress and diabetes advocate on social media:
Mary Tyler Moore lived with type 1 diabetes for 47 years. She was special to us, and her advocacy will be missed.
— Federalist Musket (@Patriot_Musket) January 25, 2017
Let’s cure diabetes in memory of Mary Tyler Moore. #RIPMTM
— Zanti Misfit (@ZantiMisft) January 25, 2017
RIP Mary Tyler Moore – her character was a pioneer of strong women portrayed on TV; she did a lot for diabetes awareness.
— Monti (@DevilDogWA) January 25, 2017
Mary Tyler Moore had Type 1 Diabetes. By speaking out on that disease, she changed the world for millions of others who had it.
— Colleen Mondor (@chasingray) January 25, 2017
Mary Tyler Moore is an inspiration to me and all those with Type-1 Diabetes. She was diagnosed at 33 (47 years ago!) and lived to 80.
— Alavard (@AdamStaceyCA) January 25, 2017
We lost another legend today. R.I.P. Mary Tyler Moore, an amazing actress as well as an incredible advocate for diabetes #ripmarytylermoore
— Kevin Covais (@kevincovais) January 25, 2017
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