Rue McClanahan Dies

Rue McClanahan, the brassy actress who stirred equal parts Southern charm and sex appeal into her roles on television shows like “Maude,” “Mama’s Family” and “The Golden Girls,” has died, People magazine reported.

The death was announced by Ms. McClanahan’s manager, Barbara Lawrence, who said that the actress died on Thursday morning of a stroke. She was 76.

In June 1997, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, for which she was treated successfully.

On November 14, 2009, she was to be honored for her lifetime achievements at an event "Golden: A Gala Tribute To Rue McClanahan" at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco, California. The event was postponed due to McClanahan's hospitalization. She had triple bypass surgery on November 4. It was announced on January 14, 2010, by Entertainment Tonight that, while recovering from surgery, she had suffered a minor stroke. In March 2010, fellow Golden Girls cast member Betty White reported on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that McClanahan was doing well and that her speech had returned to normal.

McClanahan died on June 3, 2010, at the age of 76, at New York–Presbyterian Hospital after she suffered another stroke.

Rue McClanahan, passed away from a stroke on June 3, 2010. She was 76.

McClanahan was an actress, known for her roles as Vivian Cavender Harmon on Maude, Fran Crowley on Mama’s Family, and Blanche Devereaux on The Golden Girls.