Liz Taylor said to be 'near death'

Britain's Daily Mail is reporting the Elizabeth Taylor has a failing heart and is "near death."

The Oscar-winner, 74, is confined to her bedroom and has apparently planned her funeral. Insiders say the British-born star would like to be buried next to former husband Richard Burton.

"Liz is inching closer to death every day and she knows it. It is not a pretty picture," a friend said. "She's not leaving a lot of money to her children. She wants the bulk of her fortune to go to AIDS research."

Doctors say patients who suffer from such heart disease could hasten their death by becoming depressed. New York-based heart specialist Dr Richard Stein, who has not treated the Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? star, said: "Once a person gives up hope the prognosis is very poor."

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