rue mcclanahan betty white golden girls Betty White: Rue McClanahan 'was a close and dear friend'In a statement to Zap2it, Betty White, who co-starred with Rue McClanahan for seven seasons on “The Golden Girls,” says of Rue’s passing: “Rue was a close and dear friend. I treasured our relationship. It hurts more than I ever thought it would, if that’s possible.”

]]>passed away in the early morning hours on Thursday, June 3 after suffering a massive stroke. She had previously suffered a minor stroke earlier this year after undergoing bypass surgery. She was 76. The Zap2it team is enormous fans of Rue’s work and so saddened for her friends, family, fans and Betty White, the last remaining regular cast member of “The Golden Girls.” Fellow “Golden Girls” Estelle Getty and Bea Arthur passed away in 2008 and 2009, respectively. We have posted a tribute to Rue’s work on the show. RIP, Rue McClanahan and our condolences to everyone who loved you. Thanks for the laughter.

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TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."