'Golden Girls' star Rue McClanahan dies at 76

'Golden Girls' star Rue McClanahan dies at 76

Golden Girls star Rue McClanahan has passed away at the age of 76 after suffering a stroke.

The actress - known for her role as sexually liberated Southern belle Blanche Devereaux - died on Thursday at 1am, her spokesperson has confirmed.

Rue had an active career on stage throughout the Sixties before turning to the hit series a decade later.

Actress Betty White - the only surviving Golden Girl - has paid tribute to her former co-star.

"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," she says.

Friday June 4, 2010

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