In Memorium: Golden Girl Rue McClanahan Dies At 76 – Betty White Releases Statement

Golden gal Rue McClanahan passed away from a major stroke early this morning surrounded by her family. McClanahan, who played the ever sassy and trashy Blanche Deveraux on the still-popular ’80s sitcom Golden Girls, had suffered a minor stroke earlier this year while recovering from bypass surgery. McClanahan ‘had her family with her. She went in peace.’

The last surviving Golden Girl, BettyWhite, mourns the death of her friend:

“Rue was a close and dear friend. I treasured our relationship. It hurts more than I even thought it would, if that’s even possible.”

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