Thursday, June 3, 2010

Rue McClanahan Dies after Massive stroke.


We watch Golden Girls almost every night. Rue McClanahan became a part of everyone's lives, when they switched her on as Blanche Devereaux night after night. She taught the young and old alike, that women are still women even after menopause. She gave older ones a giggle as they considered her characters alleged lifestyle. I use the words alleged lifestyle since at various times throughout the series she lets us know that she sometimes spices the truth a little.

The 76 year old, Southern Belle Diva, died early this morning, 1:00am at New York-Presbyterian Hospital after suffering a massive stroke. Rue McClanahan was a true survivor, first when she overcame breast cancer, and again when she suffered a minor stroke after heart bypass surgery. She finally succumbed after experiencing a major cerebral hemorrhage May 31. Her manager, Barbara Lawrence, tells PEOPLE at the time of her death Thursday, McClanahan "had her family with her. She went in peace."

Friends such as Betty White were quick to react stating "Rue was a close and dear friend." Also twittering their regrets were collaborator Marc Cherry, who said in a statement to Access. "Rue's kindness, generosity and enormous talent will be sorely missed." Other tweeters include such notables as Larry King, Jason Dottley, Rose McGowan, Marlee Matlin, Mandy Moore, and Jay Manuel.

Bea Arthur, Betty White and Rue McClanahan talk about the DVD release of their hit series, “The Golden Girls,” and how they clearly remember what it was like shooting the pilot 19-years before.

Remembering Rue McClanahan"



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