Kathryn Joosten, a veteran character actress who played the crotchety Karen McCluskey in Desperate Housewives, has died aged 72.
Publicist Nadine Jolson said Kathryn, who had battled lung cancer for years, died on Saturday in Los Angeles.
A veteran Emmy-winning character actor, she was lauded for her portrayal of Mrs McCluskey, who kept a close eye on her Wisteria Lane neighbours.
Kathryn also appeared in The West Wing as Mrs Landingham, the president's secretary.
Desperate Housewives co-star Marcia Cross tweeted a tribute to her close friend:
"Thank you Kathryn. For your courage, your humor, your fight and your talent. We were so lucky to have you."
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