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Rue McClanahan (Golden Girls fame) dies of massive stroke

posted 6/3/2010 12:08:29 PM |
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By Charlotte Triggs and Stephen M. Silverman

Rue McClanahan has died at the age of 76.

"She passed away at 1 a.m. this morning," her manager, Barbara Lawrence, tells PEOPLE. "She had a massive stroke."

McClanahan, who played man-happy Blanche Devereaux on the still-popular '80s sitcom Golden Girls, had suffered a minor stroke earlier this year while recovering from bypass surgery. Lawrence adds that at the time of her death Thursday, McClanahan “had her family with her. She went in peace."

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Jun 3 @ 12:13PM  
Oh I hate to hear that!! Just seen it on the news myself. She was my favorite on the Golden Girls and I loved her little sayings....

I'm sweatin like a whore in church....

I'm nervous as a virgin at a prison rodeo...

RIP Rue!!!!


Jun 3 @ 12:14PM  
Yeah, she was my favorite one out of those women on that show as well.

Jun 3 @ 12:18PM  
I just heard that on the news too. Blanche was my favorite out of the Golden Girls too. Loved all of her little phrases. RIP Rue/Blanche


Jun 3 @ 12:20PM  
I just had to text my daughter at work and tell her...........when my daughter was a teenager and would watch that show.......she would always say............someday I am going to be just like Blanche.............and she many ways...........but I am not going to say in what ways..........

That makes 3 celebrity deaths........gary coleman, cant remember the third ones name........he played the villian in speed, and now her..........

How sad...........we still watch that show often........its still funny after all these years and a lot funnier than some of the so called sitcoms that are on now.....

RIP........You were a beautiful lady and a wonderful actress who brought a lot of laughter into peoples lives.

Jun 3 @ 12:22PM  
cant remember the third ones name........he played the villian in speed,

That would be Dennis Hopper.

Jun 3 @ 12:29PM  
That makes 3 celebrity deaths

This reminds me of last summer in June 2009 with Ed McMahon, Farah Fawcett, and Michael Jackson.

Jun 3 @ 12:33PM  
Shawn, do you like sit and refresh Reuters every 5 mins or something?

Anyway, GG fan here- I'm shocked and saddened. She wasn't my favorite GG, but she was great all the while. RIP, lady- Dorothy and Sophia are up there with a cheesecake waiting for you.

Jun 3 @ 12:39PM  
Shawn, do you like sit and refresh Reuters every 5 mins or something?
No...actually I just finished listening to Glenn Beck when Fox News came on with the top of the hour news briefs with the radio station.

Jun 3 @ 1:46PM  
This was the funniest show I watched on the Golden Girls!

After Sophia said what she said, I lost it- laughed every time I thought about it for the rest of the evening!

Sophia- "punch in the puh-face..."

RIP Rue McClanahan!


Jun 3 @ 2:30PM  
So that leaves Beatty White as the surviving Golden Girl? Somehow I thought Miss McClanahan would be the one to outlive the others.

Jun 3 @ 4:37PM  
She was cool. It is amazing that it always happens in threes

Jun 3 @ 5:27PM  
She was a gifted actress. May she RIP.

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Rue McClanahan (Golden Girls fame) dies of massive stroke