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27th Annual Macy's Passport Fashion Show Benefit_ShowElizabeth Taylor announced on Twitter on Tuesday that she is going to be admitted into the hospital for a heart procedure, according to the Associated Press. The 77-year old, who is notoriously low-profile when it comes to the press, has been using Twitter to communicate with fans since March.

Her "tweet" explained that the procedure is new, and she is opting to undergo the surgery to repair a "leaky valve using a clip device" instead of open-heart surgery. Taylor asked for prayers, and said she plans to update her Twitter when the surgery is complete.

ABC News reports that the actress was diagnosed with congestive heart failure five years ago and wanted to announce the surgery herself on Twitter before the media found out.