Rue McClanahan dies
'Golden Girls' actress Rue McClanahan has passed away at the age of 76 after suffering from a ''massive stroke''
'Golden Girls' star Rue McClanahan has died at the age of 76.
The American TV actress - who was well-known for her role as man-eating Southern belle Blanche in the hit 80s sitcom - passed away at 1am yesterday (03.06.10) in a New York hospital after suffering from a "massive stroke".
Her manager Barbara Lawrence explained: "She had her family with her. She went in peace."
Betty White, 88, is now the only surviving member of the 'Golden Girls' cast after Estelle Getty and Bea Arthur died in 2008 and 2009 respectively.
She said: "I treasured our relationship. It hurts more than I ever thought it would."
Rue - who was married six times - suffered from a minor stroke earlier in the year after undergoing heart bypass surgery.
The Oklahoma-born actress won an Emmy for her portrayal of Blanche in 1987 and wrote the 2007 memoir 'My First Five Husbands. And The Ones Who Got Away'.