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Rue McClanahan Dead at 76

Rue McClanahan Dead at 76

Rue McClanahan died at 1AM on Thursday (June 2).

The 76-year-old Golden Girls star and Emmy-winning actress had a massive stroke on Monday and passed away on Thursday. But she “had her family with her,” her manager, Barbara Lawrence, tells People. “She went in peace.”

Betty White is the only surviving Golden Girl as Rue‘s costar, Beatrice Arthur, died from cancer last year and Estelle Getty died in 2008.

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

Thank you for being a friend, Rue. RIP!

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  • releka

    Rest in peace Rue.

  • GPS

    Very sad. RIP.

  • PSA

    Loved her. So sad.

  • SAD


  • Malorie

    Wishing her blessings and utter peace.

  • Sand

    RIP :(((

  • Mia

    what happened to the new megan fox post?

  • haha

    Watching the Golden Girls rerun will mean that much more to me now.

  • ann

    She played my favorite golden girl. RIP Rue!

  • Donovan

    Thank You for being a friend Rue! RIP


    R.I.P. i love you Golden Girls.

  • dee

    RIP Rue, she was hilarious as Blanche! This yearly pattern in which each of the ladies of GG’s has passed is quite ominous.

  • OMG

    RIP Rue and a true Golden Girl.

  • OMG

    @Mia: Show some respect.

  • sunshine

    She will be missed…I love that show this is when TV shows were great.

  • Melanie

    that is so sad

  • Emma


  • sillyme

    Wow, that’s very sad.

    So, one Golden Girl died in 2008, one in 2009, and a third in 2010. Betty White, please take care of yourself!

  • VNY

    Sooo sad. RIP.

  • Anon

    Miss Rue, so sad to lose another Golden Girl and another Hollywood great, keep Dennis company. You and the other “Girls” brought generations together. You even made “sluts” look marvelous. Deepest sympathies to this wonderful woman’s family and friends, a true Lady.

  • Jen

    This is incredibly sad. I always watched Golden Girls with my grandmother and she also just passed on. A golden age is over with the passing of Bea, Estelle and now Rue .

    R.I.P. Rue, you brought laughter to us all.

  • cecily


  • Ronda

    I’m saddened to hear of Rue’s death. I enjoyed her work over the years. RIP….

  • http://N/A artisticguy99

    this is so sad she will be missed i really enjoy her show golden girls

  • Butter_Fly

    This has been a sad and shocking week in Hollywood. Only one Golden Girl left. RIP.

  • Serena

    I am unbelievably sad. Rest in Peace Rue. Your work means a lot to me and my family. Thank you, you will never be forgotten.

  • nativenyker
  • Classic comedy

    ”Thanku for being a friennnd…travel down the road & back again..your heart is true, you’re a pal and a confidante…And if you thew a party..invited everyone you would see the biggest gift would be from me..and the card attached would say thankyou for being a friennnnd!!!”

    I loved the golden girls as a kid, me, my mom and my sister used to watch it together!…sad…they were so funny..I used to love the opening song!! thanku Rue for giving us jokes…hope your still cracking up in heaven wth the other chicks!!

  • Rocky

    Good Night Sweet Blanche. You sassy woman! Say hi to Estelle, Bea and Dixie for us.

  • Classic comedy
  • Realistic

    I loved Rue on Mamas Family and the Golden Girls! RIP

  • mimi78

    RIP. Loved her.

  • the truth

    loved her acting and her style. Good actress in golden girls RIP

  • Butter_Fly

    #31. I love Mama’s Family, also. Both were great shows.

  • Amelle

    Lovely woman :’(

    <3 RIP

  • Jack

    She’s with her girls up there now.

  • miss

    RIP, this is very sad… i love golden girls, she will be missed:(

  • bjorkson

    Rest In Peace……xo

  • Rhonda

    What a wonderful actress, a real joy! RIP much sympathy to family and friends

  • Daniel

    this is so sad!!!!!
    rip rue :(

  • happy girl

    RIP Rue. Thanks for the laughs. Besides Sofia, she was my fave Golden Girl.

  • daffodil

    RIP Rue you were great in The Golden Girls SO SAD.

  • Pot

    What a pretty and talented lady! RIP. Blessings are with you.

  • elle

    Sad. RIP

  • angiefan

    RIP Rue!!!!! You will be greatly missed!!!!! My heart goes out to her family and friends!!!!!

  • michaela


  • http://Neleh Neleh

    Good day every1.
    Our Prayers and Blessings Go out to Rue McClanahan and her Family at this time. Rest In Peace.

  • http://Neleh Neleh

    Rue McClanahan Tribute-Hosted by John Ritter:
    Thanku Ms.R McClanahan. RIP-Neleh

  • Amber-louise

    I loved the character of Blanche. Rue gave so many laughs as that character. May she rest in peace. She will be missed greatly.

  • Autumn

    Why is everyone dying?

    Golden Girls rule and are simply TIMELESS. Glad to see Betty still active and enjoying her tv appearances again.