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'Golden Girls' Star Rue McClanahan Dead at 76

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jun 3rd 2010 11:25AM
Rue McClanahanEmmy-winning legend Rue McClanahan, who played Blanche Devereaux for seven seasons on the NBC sitcom 'Golden Girls,' has died after suffering a stroke, PEOPLE reports. She was 76.

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

McClanahan "had her family with her. She went in peace," Lawrence added.

The actress was best known for her role as the saucy Blanche Deveraux on 'Girls.'

McClanahan had a stroke earlier this year, when she was recovering from heart bypass surgery.

Her 'Golden' co-stars Estelle Getty and Bea Arthur passed away in July of 2008 and April of 2009, respectively.

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