BREAKING NEWS! 'Golden Girls' Star Rue McClanahan Is Dead At 76

Thu, June 3, 2010 12:39pm EST by 4 Comments
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Oh no! Such sad news…and now Betty White is the only Golden Girl left!

Veteran Broadway and TV star Rue McClanahan died June 3 at 1 a.m. after suffering a brain hemorrhage Monday, May 31. The actress, who was best known for playing promiscuous cougar Blanche Devereaux on Golden Girls, was 76-years-old. She passed away with her family by her side.

Her rep issued the following statement to

“Rue McClanahan passed away this morning, June 3rd at 1:00 am at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. She suffered a cerebral hemorrhage on Monday, May 31st. She died peacefully with her son, Mark Bish, her sister, Dr. Melinda L. McClanahan and her nephew, Brendan Kinkade at her side. At her request there will be no funeral. Memorial services will be planned for later this summer in New York and Los Angeles. Her family asked that an official memorial page be established on Facebook. Please join us in celebrating Rue’s amazing life by visiting [this page].”

Thanks to her seven years on Golden Girls, Rue — who was married five times — won a whopping four Emmys and three Golden Globe awards. She was truly a star.

Two other Golden Girls have also passed away recently. Bea Arthur (Dorothy) died after battling cancer last year last and Estelle Getty (Sophia) died from natural causes in 2008, leaving 88-year-old comedienne Betty White the last Girl standing.

Rue, we’ll miss you. Thank you for being a friend…

–Kirstin Benson



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Posted at 10:39 PM on June 4, 2010  


You were one of the greatest. Thank God, for the Golden Girls for my family and I can still see your wonderful presence and acting every night.

May you rest in peace, Rue, your light will shine forever in all our hearts.

Our deepest sympathy to your family.

Forever in our thoughts and prayers!!!!


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Posted at 6:28 PM on June 3, 2010  

She was still pretty young…so sad. I loved her on The Golden Girls – she made me laugh til I hurt so many times!

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Posted at 2:08 PM on June 3, 2010  

thank you for being a friend… so sad.

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Posted at 4:21 PM on June 3, 2010  

We all will miss her i love watching the golden girls i watch every night before i go to bed it sad good people have to die like that i know god will take care of her.

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