His late mother was filled "with great passion, humor, and love," he says.
Legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor, who died Wednesday at 79, was “an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest, with great passion, humor, and love,” her son Michael Wilding has said in a statement. "Though her loss is devastating to those of us who held her so close and so dear, we will always be inspired by her enduring contribution to our world."
Wilding — the first of two sons Taylor had with her second husband, who was also named Michael Wilding — said his mother should be remembered for her “remarkable body of work in film” and “her ongoing success as a businesswoman,” but also for her “brave and relentless advocacy in the fight against HIV/AIDS, all make us incredibly proud of what she accomplished. We know, quite simply, that the world is a better place for Mom having lived in it. Her legacy will never fade, her spirit will always be with us, and her love will live forever in our hearts."
The Human Rights Campaign echoed Wilding’s sentiments, praising Taylor’s work combating AIDS.
"We are deeply saddened by the death of Elizabeth Taylor," HRC President Joe Solmonese said in a statement. "Ms. Taylor was a true ally to the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community.
"She was one of the first public voices to speak up about the AIDS crisis while many others stayed silent in the 1980s and she helped raise millions of dollars to fight the disease. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family, and to all those whose lives have been positively impacted by the life and work of Elizabeth Taylor."