Although she had long been in poor health the announcement that Elizabeth Taylor has died still came as a surprise. The tabloids had featured variations on "her brave last days" headlines so often over the years it seemed she would dodge death into her nineties, but it was not to be. However this won't be the last we'll see of her in the celeb press. Given a suitable mourning period(say a couple of weeks) the tabs will move on to the kind of stories they run post death about people like Taylor, such as lurid details of her life they held back out of fear of lawsuit or the fights amongst her heirs over her estate, whoever they may be.
Althnough in the later years of her life she was best known simply for her celebrity it is worth remembering that she came to fame as an actress, her career including 2 Oscars for Best Actress. Compare this with someone like Kim Kardashian, whose primary claim to fame seems to be that she can dress herself. I doubt we'll be talking about her or her contemporaries when they're in their seventies.