Madonna Reacts to Elizabeth Taylor’s Passing

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In the wake of Elizabeth Taylor's Wednesday passing, celebrities are sharing their memories of the 79-year-old screen legend on Twitter and with

"I am so sorry to hear that this great legend has passed," Madonna, 52, tells Us exclusively. "I admired and respected her not only as an actress but for her amazing and inspiring work as an AIDS activist. She was one of a kind."

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"Elizabeth Taylor was an impactful person in this industry and on society as a whole. I specifically admire her charitable efforts including bringing early awareness to HIV/AIDS," Tito Jackson, 57, tells Us. "Most memorable is her steadfast loyalty and unwavering friendship to my late brother Michael Jackson. Liz provided a sense of relief and comfort to my brother at various difficult times in his life, and I appreciate that, may she rest in peace."

Adds Jane Fonda, 73: "I knew Elizabeth Taylor and I can tell you she was kind, brave, generous and loyal. I am sad."

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"I met Elizabeth Taylor several times," Steve Martin, 65, added on Twitter. "She was witty and self-deprecating, which I found surprising and delightful. She loved to laugh."

"So sad to hear about Elizabeth Taylor. She was so beautiful, such an inspiration and an icon," 30-year-old Paris Hilton — whose granduncle, Conrad "Nicky" Hilton, was Taylor's first husband, shared. "She was an amazing humanitarian and brought smiles to everyone around the world. She was always so sweet to me and I will really miss her."

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"Elizabeth Taylor was a great friend, a great star and one gutsy woman. She was so special. You won't see the likes of her again," Larry King, 77, tweeted. "If Elizabeth took on a battle, she took it on 100%. She was first major celeb in the AIDS battle and she made it her cause."

"Elizabeth Taylor was a silver screen legend, a tabloid favorite 50 years before Brangelina and a tireless worker for noble causes," critic Richard Roeper, 51, noted. "RIP."

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LeAnn Rimes, 28, was also devastated by the news of Taylor's passing. "It's so amazing how someone has left such a legacy that will forever live on," she mourned. "I am really, truly saddened this morning."

Echoes Zooey Deschanel, 31: "RIP Elizabeth Taylor, a great actress and a great beauty, who's formidable contributions to both film and charity will always be remembered."

"Elizabeth, thank you for all your help in the battle for HIV and AIDS," Magic Johnson, 51, told his Twitter followers. "You will be missed by the world."

"White Diamonds was the first fancy thing I owned in my life," The Office's Mindy Kaling, 31, shared. "Elizabeth Taylor is the first person so glamorous you wanted to smell like her."

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