Looks like 2017 has claimed its first victim as the legendary Mary Tyler Moore has died. The 80-year-old suffered from a host of health problems, including Type 1 diabetes, but her family said that it was cardiopulmonary arrest and pneumonia that killed her yesterday. According to a statement released by her rep, she surrounded by her good friends and her husband of over 33 years, Dr. S. Robert Levine.
Mary got her start working in commercials, and went on to play Dick Van Dyke’s wife on “The Dick Van Dyke Show” fro 1961 through 1966. But it was her own show, “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” that catapulted her to stardom and helped define a new vision of American womanhood. Mary produced the sitcom with her second husband, NBC exec Grant Tinker. Her Mary Richards character was one of first single, working women on television, and she inspired a generation of women.
In the wake of her passing, everyone from Ed Anser to Oprah to Dick Van Dyke took to social media to express their condolences.
Source: New York Times