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Rue McClanahan has died

Former Golden Girl, Rue McClanahan, has died today.

McClanahan's manager tells People magazine, "She passed away at 1 a.m. this morning. She had a massive stroke. [She] had her family with her. She went in peace."

McClanahan became most well known for her portrayal of Blanche Deveraux, a saucy widow, on 'The Golden Girls,' which originally aired on NBC from September 1985 to May 1992. The show also starred Bea Arthur, Betty White, and Estelle Getty. Bea Arthur and Estelle Getty passed away in April 2009 and July 2008, respectively.

Rue may be best known as Blanche, but she has many projects under her belt. Before Golden Girls became a hit, she co-starred in the show 'Maude'. She also had many appearances on various other television shows, including 'Mama's Family', 'The Love Boat', and 'Law and Order'. She also appeared in the films ‘Starship Troopers’ and ‘The Fighting Temptations.’

McClanahan was 76 years old.



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