USMagazine, Wednesday, March 23, 2011, 10:03am (PDT)
As Elizabeth Taylor's family arranges for a private funeral to take place later this week, her celebrity friends and admirers are paying their respects to the legendary actress, who died in L.A. Wednesday at the age of 79.
"We have just lost a Hollywood giant," close friend Elton John, 63, told CNN in a statement. "More importantly, we have lost an incredible human being."
(John and Taylor have both been tireless advocates for HIV/AIDS awareness.)
"I am so saddened about the passing of Elizabeth Taylor!" 30-year-old reality star Kim Kardashian -- who posed as Taylor in a recent issue of Harper's Bazaar -- mourned. "She will always be my idol!"
Rose McGowan, 37, was equally shocked by the news of Taylor's passing. "I am devastated," she tweeted. "The Queen has died. Her talent, beauty, dedication to curing AIDS, love of love and her violet eyes will live on."
"A legendary woman has left us today," Kourtney Kardashian, 31, tweeted. "The world will not be the same without her beauty, glamour, generosity and gift of giving."
"National Velvet, Cleopatra, Who's Afraid of Virginaa Woolf: so many memories of a Hollywood icon. Happy she was with her family," Katie Couric, 54, told her followers. "Important point I omitted: she was an extraordinary humanitarian and did so much for aids awareness; perhaps her greatest legacy."
"OMG RIP Elizabeth Taylor!A woman who did HER at all times!" Taraji P. Henson, 40, tweeted. "Rest with the Angels!"