29 January 2001
Liz Taylor tells of near-death experience

Liz TaylorBritish actress Elizabeth Taylor has spoken about her experience of having "died" on the operating table while undergoing surgery, and of passing through a tunnel towards a brilliant white light. Interviewed by Larry King on CNN's Larry King Live, the legendary Hollywood star related how she had "died" for five minutes on the operating table. Ms Taylor said that while she was clinically dead, she had encountered the spirit of Michael Todd, one of her former husbands, whom she referred to as her "great love". She had wanted to stay with Todd, she said, but he had told her that she had work and life ahead of her, and he "pushed me back to my life". Following her resuscitation, the eleven-person medical team - including doctors, nurses, etc. - witnessed Taylor's testimonial of this event.