Oprah Winfrey Pays Tribute to Mary Tyler Moore, Breaks Down

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The entertainment world lost a true legend on Wednesday afternoon when Mary Tyler Moore died at the age of 80.

While not officially confirmed at the moment, it is believed that the beloved actress and comedian passed away due to complications from diabetes, specifically cardiopulmonary arrest after she had contracted pneumonia.

She left this world from the comfort of a Connecticut hospital bed, her husband of 33 years by her side.

Talking soon afterwards to Nancy O'Dell of Entertainment Tonight, Oprah Winfrey opened up about the loss of her close friend and role model.

Oprah and Mary Tyler Moore

"What I'm grateful for is that, in my lifetime, I was able to share with her what her presence in television had meant to me as a young, growing, aspiring reporter," Oprah explained, adding:

"It's the first time that I can recall a public figure in recent years passing - and we've lost so many people recently - where I actually sat down and shed tears about it."

Winfrey went on to praise Moore as a "role model" for "young, single women in the workforce," and gave the late legend credit for inspiring her own journey into... well... becoming Oprah Winfrey.

"Mary Tyler Moore first gave me the idea that you can own your own show and produce it. She was the one," Winfrey says in the following video.

"So, when I say that she had a powerful influence on me, it wasn't just being that iconic figure that was women in the workforce, doing the same job I was doing, working in news as a journalist, in a newsroom, and who was single and really OK with it.

"Every episode wasn't about trying to find a man, it was about trying to find your way in life."

Watch Winfrey try to keep it together while discussing the late, great Mary Tyler Moore now - and then join us in sending condolences to Moore's loved ones:

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