Golden Girl Rue McClanahan Dies

rue-mcclanahanVeteran actress Rue McClanahan died Thursday, June 3, after suffering a massive stroke.

She died at 1 AM at the New York Presbyterian Hospital. Her son, Mark Bish, her sister, Dr. Melinda L. McClanahan, and her nephew, Brendan Kinkade were at her side when she died. There is no planned funeral as McClanahan wished that there should be none. She was 76.

A survivor of breast cancer, McClanahan underwent a triple heart bypass late last year and suffered a minor stroke while recovering from the surgery.

The actress was born in Oklahoma and was married to six men.

McClanahan played the role of Blanche Devereaux in the comedy series, The Golden Girls. The role earned her a Best Actress in a Comedy Series from the Primetime Emmy Awards for 1987.

The Golden Girls is the second comedy series in history to have an entirely Emmy winning cast. The first one was All in the Family and the third (and so far the latest) was Will and Grace.