Golden Girl Rue McClanahan Passes Away

Rue McClanahan, who played the sexually feisty Blanche on Golden girls, has passed away. This leaves Betty White as the only living ‘Golden Girl’ of the original cast with fellow cast-mates Bea Grant and Estelle Getty passing away in recent years.

The Associated Press released this brief statement announcing her death early this morning:

Rue McClanahan, the Emmy-winning actress who brought the sexually liberated Southern belle Blanche Devereaux to life on the hit TV series The Golden Girls, has died. She was 76.

Her manager Barbara Lawrence said McClanahan died Thursday at 1 a.m. of a stroke.

She had undergone treatment for breast cancer in 1997 and later lectured to cancer support groups on ‘aging gracefully.’In 2009, she had heart bypass surgery.

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