Golden Girls' Rue McClanahan Dies at 76

Entertainment Jun. 3, 2010 AT 11:47AM
Golden Girls' Rue McClanahan Dies at 76 Credit: Herb Ball

Golden Girls star Rue McClanahan has died at the age of 76, her manager Barbara Lawrence confirms to UsMagazine.com.

Lawrence's statement reads: "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."

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At McClanahan's request, no funeral will be held. Memorial services will take place this summer in New York and Los Angeles.

Best known as Southerner Blanche Deveraux on the series, which aired from 1985 to 1992, McClanahan had triple bypass surgery last November. While still recovering, she had a minor stroke in January. She survived a bout with breast cancer in 1997.

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McClanahan's TV resume also included Maude (starring fellow Golden Girl Bea Arthur) and Mama's Family. In 1969, she starred on Broadway alongside Dustin Hoffman in musical Jimmy Shine.

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The actress, who was born in Healdton, Okla., has been wed six times, and is survived by one son, Mark Bish, from her first marriage, and spouse Morrow Wilson, whom she married on Christmas Day 1997. In 2007, she published her memoir My First Five Husbands . . . and the Ones Who Got Away.

Last April, Arthur succumbed to cancer. Golden Girl costar Estelle Getty died in 2008. Betty White hosted Saturday Night Live last month at the age of 88.

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