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Desperate Housewives Actress Kathryn Joosten Has Passed Away.

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Kathryn Joosten r.i.p.

Emmy Award-winning Kathryn Joosten, who, in a devastating case of life imitating art had us choking back tears during her character Karen McKluskey's death scene on the series finale of Desperate Housewives, passed away in real life yesterday after losing her battle with lung cancer at the age of 72.

According to her rep, the actress - who was also known for her roles on The West Wing and Scrubs - was surrounded by her family in her Westlake Village home in El Lay at the time of her passing.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of her relatives, fans, and loved ones during this time.

May she R.I.P.

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23 comments to “Desperate Housewives Actress Kathryn Joosten Has Passed Away.”

  1. WHOA says – reply to this


    Rest in Peace Kathryn. Thanks for all the years you devoted to entertaining all of us.

  2. 2

    That last episode must have been difficult. I figured from her appearance and acting she knew there wasn't a lot of time left. She deserves an Emmy, she was a great character on the show.

  3. 3

    RIP Kathryn.

  4. PHARO says – reply to this



  5. 5

    RIP and condolences to her friends and family.

  6. v says – reply to this


    I lost both my parents to lung cancer in 2010 (within 3 months of eachother) I was very touched by what she said after the end of the desperate housewives finale.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to her friends and family.

  7. Pffffftttttt says – reply to this


    You choking back tears for this old bag who abused herself?

    That's rich….I was expecting a lecture from all mighty Perez.

  8. 8

    I didn't realize that her cancer had come back. I loved her on Desperate Housewives and thought her death scene was very, very sad during the season finale. Even sadder that it actually happened to her shortly after. RIP :(

  9. 9

    Re: Pffffftttttt – she never smoked u stupid shit. why dont u do a little research before u come off as an ignorant dumbass…oops too late.

  10. 10

    rest in peace dear i remember her her friends cat went missing in the tornadoe rip

  11. 11

    This is really sad. I just watched her on Funny or die yesterday and she killed it in the short videos she was in. Awesome lady, awesome actress.

  12. monkull says – reply to this


    oh, that's so so sad. i watched the last episode of DH a few days ago and thought they've done the birth/death scene beautifully… it seems she just waited to finish her work before dieing. i just loved her irony in DH, she did it wonderfully… so so so so so sad.

  13. 13

    Re: v – I just lost my sister to lung cancer and she was only 55. I was also touched by the episode. RIP and prayers.

  14. 14

    even though it had been expected for a while, it does not make it any less upsetting or sad to read that it has happened.
    it makes her final performance for Desperate Housewives show that much more poignant
    her and Orson Bean together on the show were remarkable and real
    my heart goes out to all who loved her
    ……gone too soon……

  15. 15

    RIP Kathryn! You are in the arms of the angels now. Loved her very witty actress.

  16. Theos says – reply to this


    Re: steviebeatie

    are you a retard or just simulate one ? Kathryn Joosten smoked like hell, you moron.

  17. 17

    Selling Joe Dirt that Hemi should get her into heaven for sure.

  18. Micky says – reply to this


    Kathryn was diagnosed 11 years ago and quit smoking that day. She was an advocate to the public to get a Lung CT in case you are a smoker or know anyone who smokes. Lung cancer can be cured if found early enough. She could have hid her cancer but she was the only celebrity lung cancer survivor, she used her voice to help others. Rest in peace, her last performance was fantastic she was talented and had more to give and more people to help, she will be missed.

  19. Plo83 says – reply to this


    RIP. Thank you for the years of entertainment. Karen McKluskey made DH with her wit and amazing acting. If you disagree, please do so silently and respect my respect for the dead. Thank you. RIP Kathryn

  20. diosa says – reply to this


    Do not stand at my grave and weep
    I am not there. I do not sleep.
    I am a thousand winds that blow.
    I am the diamond glints on snow.
    I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
    I am the gentle autumn rain.
    When you awaken in the morning's hush
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    Of quiet birds in circled flight.
    I am the soft stars that shine at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry;
    I am not there. I did not die.

  21. Robert R. says – reply to this


    R.I.P., Kathryn Joosten.

  22. Mortengrud says – reply to this


    Re: steviebeatie – Well… She did in fact smoke for 45 years… That's kind of not "never smoked"…

  23. duh says – reply to this


    Re: steviebeatie – Wikipedia says she smoked for 45 years before she was diagnosed the first time.