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'Golden Girls' Rue McClanahan dies

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: Rue McClanahan, the Emmy-winning actress who brought the
sexually liberated Southern belle Blanche Devereaux to life on the hit
TV series "The Golden Girls," has died. She was 76.

Her manager Barbara Lawrence said McClanahan died Thursday at 1 a.m.
of a stroke.

"She had a stroke on Monday, and died with her son, sister and nephew
at her side." Lawrence said. "It was peaceful, a blessing she went

McClanahan had undergone treatment for breast cancer in 1997 and
later lectured to cancer support groups on "aging gracefully." In 2009,
she had heart bypass surgery.

McClanahan starred on "Golden Girls" with Beatrice Arthur, who died
in 2009, Estelle Getty, who died in 2008, and Betty White.