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Estelle Getty Dies at 84

Estelle Getty Dies at 84

Former Golden Girl star Estelle Getty has died at the age of 84, just three days shy of her 85th birthday.

Getty had been suffering for years with Lewy Body Dementia, reports TMZ.

Her official website, EstelleGetty.com, also had an official announcement:

“To all of Estelle‘s Fans,

“Sadly, today July 22, 2008 at 5:35 a.m. Pacific Time, we said our last good-byes to our little friend Estelle, who passed away and made her journey to the great beyond. Although it was a trip that she never wanted to take, she went gracefully, in the comfort of her own home (in Los Angeles), surrounded by her family and her very loving care-givers.

Estelle‘s legacy will live on and on through the comedy and laughter she gave to us all, which will forever keep us laughing out loud.”

Estelle is best known for playing sarcastic, wise-cracking Sophia Petrillo on The Golden Girls.

RIP.

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  • PC2C

    OMG
    Golden girls was one of my fave shows.

  • gina

    Typo Jared – She was 84 as your post says!

    She was my favorite Golden Girl, and she will be missed.

    http://celebritytoday.today.com

  • Mapi

    FIRST!!!

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    rest in peace

  • Mapi

    d’oh. mean 3th

  • ……….

    how respectful of you to worry about being first comment on a post about someones death, very nice!

  • czarina

    I loved her character on Golden Girls.
    May she rest in peace. I hope she had a terrific, fun-filled life and that she is remembered well by her loved ones.

  • Jessica

    Sophia is my favorite character on Golden Girls! :D
    Estelle, may you rest in peace and thank you for all the laughs you brought to us!

  • bejeebus

    i’m so sad. golden girls has always been and will always be my favorite show ever. i’m seriously depressed. i even had to call my husband and mom to tell them about her passing. they were kind enough to humor me with their concern…..even though they probably thought i was pathetic. poor little thing. she was so fricken awesome.

  • violet

    great actress

  • laurie

    So sad she was my favorite on golden girls, she will be missed.

  • http://365daysofmovies.blogspot.com/logspot.com MovieWatchingfamily

    She was an excellent actress

  • tess

    RIP

  • Jennifer W

    Estelle you will be missed by alot and RIP. I always loved watching you on golden girls you sure made me laugh alot

  • KIrsty

    Loved her on Golden Girls. I’m sure she will be greatly missed. Rest In Peace xx

  • Kee

    i cant believe it! i cant believe estelle is actually gone. this cant be happening! i dont wanna believe it. she cant be gone! it has to be a nasty rumor! she cant be dead!

  • ashley

    RIP Estelle Getty you will be missed!!!

  • Jessica

    This is so sad.

    She is one of my all time favorite actresses…she was brilliant on Golden Girls.

  • Eyda

    she was my favorite golden girl, she was so sweet, rest in peace

  • mike

    One of my favorite television characters of all time!!! <3

  • http://laurarispoli.com Laurarispoli.com

    She is wonderful and I’ll sure remember her. Condolances to her family, best wishes.

  • oprah

    RIP, we know you’re in a better place Estelle

  • neela

    sophia was my favorite character!

    we’ll miss you estelle.

  • neela

    bejeebus, it might be strange for others, but i tottaly understand where you’re coming from. i’m pretty bummed out, too. but i’m sure estelle’s in much better place.

  • tas.

    RIP.

  • james

    hahahahahahaha she could be an olsen twin!!

  • james

    RIP

  • tayler (miley cyrus fan 4eva)

    R.I.P. Shes soo Pretty! ;Pp

  • bejeebus

    neela, thanks :)

  • Maria (Shorty)

    I’m gonna miss her. She was an amazing actress and the Golden Girls would never have made it without ‘Sofia’.

  • RIP

    I loved Estelle on the Golden Girls and I am saddened by her loss. She was such a lovely, classy lady and she will be sadly missed. RIP, Estelle.

  • janna

    Estelle,live on in heaven. God bless you and your family and friends.

  • gina

    Thanks, for all the laughs. You will be missed.

  • Kendra

    this hit me like a ton of bricks. I own the Golden Girls on DVD. It’s one of my favorite shows of all time. RIP Estelle, I know you are in a better place.

  • Susan

    Rest in peace Estelle. My condolences to her family.

  • soopx

    Rest In Peace.

  • Ali thea

    she was one of the interesting characters to watch. rip.

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    RIP

  • http://justjared liz

    GOLDEN GIRLS WAS /IS ONE OF MY FAVORITES SHOWS AND ESTELLE WAS MY FAVORITE CHARACTER. THANKS FOR MAKING ME LAUGH FOR SO MANY YEARS. GOD BLESS!

  • K

    she was cool. She will be missed.

  • victoria

    Estelle Getty was part of one of the BEST sitcom shows EVER. Her humor and wit and ad-libing { according to Bea Arthur } will live on every evening in our living rooms across America for years to come. All the Golden girls were and ARE my FAVORITE. Without each and every one of them, the show could not carry on.They had an unique and humorist part that defined their character, and Sophia was adorable and high spirited. Estelle we all love you, and you will be cherished in our hearts forever. Thank you for all the laughs, we will miss you. God speed. Our sympathy to your family and loved ones.

  • LuckyL

    This is so depressing. Aging is so depressing. I hope she rests in peace.

  • Rose

    RIP Estelle we know that you are in a better place and your battles with demensia are over. You are a icon and made the world funnier.

  • Vfan

    I don’t know her but ……. good luck in the true world.

  • maria cordovil

    RIP, lovely litlle one…
    Ma

  • trish

    I loved her on Golden Girls. May she R.I.P.

  • sahe

    :-( :-( :-( :-( :-( :-(
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    I grew up with Golden Girls, it totally influenced my idea of being a woman, getting older and such. This show had a great impact on me, it always consoled me when I was going through rough times. I often used to watch Golden Girls with my Mom. This show was part of my inner background.
    Oh I will miss Estelle. She was such a terrific actress and a great great person. You just had to love her. She will stay in my heart forever. And in this show she will live forever.
    Estelle, wherever you are going now, travel savely and have a good time!

  • joneblaze

    I cant lie i watched Golden Girls every Saturday as a kid sitting right next to my mom, and it was hilarious.
    R.I.P. Estelle Getty Thanks for the laughs

  • Deaf & Dumb Gardener

    R.I.P Estelle Getty :’(

    And agree with #6, that is just too stupid.

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    R.I.P.

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