Rue McClanahan Dies At 76

Rue McClanahan died early on Thursday morning, Access Hollywood has confirmed.

“She passed away at 1 AM on Thursday,” her manager, Barbara Lawrence, told Access.

The former “The Golden Girls” star, known for her role as Blanche Deveraux, was 76.

According to Lawrence, Rue “had a stroke on Monday.” She suffered a minor stroke earlier this year following a bypass surgery.

“She was in the hospital with her son, her sister, and her nephew,” Lawrence continued. “She died quickly, peacefully and beautifully.”

The star was in New York at the time of her death.

Rue’s death follows the passing of two her of former “Golden Girls” co-stars, Bea Arthur in 2009 and Estelle Getty in 2008. Betty White, now 88, is the last living member of the quartet.

Rue was a true TV legend, with roles on dozens of shows and a career that spanned from the ‘60s to last year, when she appeared on episodes of “Law & Order” and “Meet The Browns.” But she was most beloved for her iconic role in “Golden Girls,” which ran from 1985-1992. She continued with the character in the short-lived spin-off “The Golden Palace,” which ran for just one season.

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