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The Loss Of An Icon! Rue McClanahan Has Passed

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It is with great sadness that PerezHilton.com exclusively reports and has confirmed that iconic actress Rue McClanahan has passed away.

She was 76 years old.

The legendary actress - Golden Girls and Maude - died at 1 AM this morning at New York Presbyterian Hospital .

We're told she suffered a massive stroke.

At the time of her death, McClanahan was surrounded by family and loved ones. "She went in peace," says her manager.

While this news incredibly sad, Rue had been very sick for a while and at least she is no longer in pain.

Our condolences to her family and the world.

We've lost a great one!

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117 comments to “The Loss Of An Icon! Rue McClanahan Has Passed”

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  1. 1

    how sad :(

  2. 2

    I am so very sorry to hear this. She will be greatly missed.

  3. 3

    I read it on People before clicking here — how did you exclusively report this.

    RIP Rue!

  4. 4

    So sad :(

  5. 5

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG

  6. 6

    RIP girl! You were are gem and you'll never be forgotten!!! :D

  7. 7

    Well there's a shitty way to start off my day :-( RIP

  8. 8

    NNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOO! My deepest condolences to her family and friends. I'm so sad.

  9. 9

    ok I can't stop crying Rest In Peace Blanche thank you for being such a wonderful friend :) to all of us. We truely admire your talent you love your passion your acting skills your comedic sense. God Bless and May You Be at Peace. The world just broke a little more for me today.

  10. Rosh says – reply to this


    :( R.I.P

  11. 11

    your giant fucking head this picture.(fill in the blank)

  12. 12

    Awww… RIP. I'll always remember being a little kid and coming over to my grandparents' house. They used to watch "The Golden Girls" and I would watch with them when I visited. A little piece of my childhood memories has passed away. RIP.

  13. 13

    Oh no, not Rue too! Not only was she hilarious on 'The Golden Girls', but she was wonderful in 'Sordid Lives'. RIP Rue.

  14. 14

    omg, nooooo! Im so sad. *tear*

  15. 15

    RIP Blanche!

  16. 16

    RIP Rue

  17. 17

    I LOOOOOOOOOOOVE this lady! And watch her everyday. My 2 year old, knows "The Ladies". . .and we sit together and laugh. . .(even though my daughter doesn't get the jokes, hehe)

    But still. . .she is an ICON!!!

    God Bless and keep over her family.

    With all of my respect.

  18. 18

    Rest in Peace funny lady.

  19. 19

    Awe :( She was the ONLY celebrity I've seen up close. Sad to hear of her passing. Is Betty White the only one left?

  20. 20

    : (

  21. 21

    RIP Rue McClanahan, she will be truely missed! Betty White is the only original GG left!!! =( Hopefully she will stick around for years!!!

  22. 22

    Not exclusive, I already saw it. But "1 AM in the morning"? How can you do anything at 1 AM in the evening? And "condolences to the world"? I'm thinking there are billions (yes, billions) of people who never heard of her, and more millions who might have cared ONCE, decades ago. She wasn't important in any great scheme.

    People are crying about this? jeez…..

  23. SeeMe says – reply to this


    RIP Rue.

    You actually broke a story that you didn't rip off from other sites.

  24. 24


  25. 25

    She was such a doll in Nunsense! She's sipping coffee and doing crossword puzzles with the other Golden Girls now.

  26. 26

    Positively heartbroken :( My deepest condolences to her family and friends. Blanche was my favorite of the Golden Girls.

  27. 27

    RIP Golden Girl Rue McClanahan.

    And, sorry, Mr. Hilton this news was NOT exclusive to you. Good Lord, you lie and mislead ALOT in your posts !!!

  28. 28

    Thank you for being a friend!!! xoxoxoxox

  29. 29

    WOW this is terribly sad news. I'm tearing up right now. RIP Rue..you will be missed by millions or billions

  30. 30

    Noooo- I'm so sad to hear this. We've lost 3 beautfiul Golden Girls in less than 2 years. That leaves Betty White as the last survivor, which I guess seems appropriate.

  31. 31

    RIP Rue you had a good life. I know this is bad, but I hope Betty White talks at her funeral I bet it would be funny and Rue would love it. Wow Betty is the last one standing scary…

  32. tasha says – reply to this


    So sad. Hate to break it to you asshole but it wasn't exclusive to you.

  33. 33

    She was so funny! Betty's next…

  34. 34

    rest in peace rue! one of my favorites! my thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  35. 35

    thank u for being a friend….

  36. 36

    Guess Betty White's happy now ;)

    It's a joke people.

  37. 37


  38. 38

    This is so sad, i am watching my Golden Girls at the moment from the begining. The show will live forever. RIP Rue hope they have good cheese cake where you are.x

  39. 39

    Wow it really does come in threes Dennis Hopper, Gary Coleman and now poor Rue. May they rest in peace.

  40. 40

    OMG! I'm devastated!!!!!!!!!

  41. 41

    Sad loved her on golden girls watch the show every nite. she will be missed.

  42. 42

    Fuck perez killed her with his uglyness.

  43. 43

    RIP Rue - along with Estelle and Bea, you'll be missed…….

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  45. 45

    Re: SirTommyChadwick – @ 12 - same with me- i'd visit grandama and spend the night and every time we watched golden girls…..

  46. 46

    Exclusively my ass!! It was on Peoples Magazine with the same wording. Get some originals fatso, don't steal news from others and call them yours, pathetic sack of lard.

  47. 47

    We'll miss you!

  48. 48

    Incredibly, incredibly sad:((( RIP, golden girl.

  49. 49

    Uhhhh it's BLANCHE - not MAUDE!

  50. 50

    noooooooooooooooooo thats so sad :(

  51. 51

    R.I.P. A classy lady.

  52. 52

    NOOOO!! Rest in peace Blanche.

  53. 53

    RIP! One of the classes sluts I know! :(

  54. 54

    Re: rejco100 – You don't say!?!

  55. 55

    Re: contrarianchick – while mario's an idiot for "sending condolences to the world", a compassionate, loving and wonderfully hilarious woman died - you don't have to be so rude and nasty for no reason at all………….i'd love to know what you've done to make such an impact on the world that you can decide what impact she had on someone else and if they should cry at her passing or not……….

  56. 56

    RIP *TEAR*

  57. 57

    Sorry to burst your lame, fantasy world bubble but it's not "exclusive" when I read it on People.com about 45 minutes ago. Do your research.But none the less,RIP Rue.Thank u for being a friend

  58. 58

    She was the BEST!! :-( Rest in peace Rue, we love you!

  59. 59

    It's Blanche, not Maude, dumbass

  60. 60

    No more Golden Girls left, that's so sad.

  61. 61

    No! Oh, how sad. She was always my favorite Golden Girl. She will be missed. :….(

  62. Sass6 says – reply to this


    RIP, Golden Girls is still my all time favourite TV show…

  63. 63

    SO sad. She was a lovely lady on every level.
    She was a VEGAN and supported ANIMAL RIGHTS.

  64. 64

    I loved her! How sad to hear this. Now Betty White is the last Golden Girl.

  65. 65

    Re: zowwie

    she was also in a show called Maude.

  66. 66

    I am just heartbroken.

  67. 67

    Her character on THE GOLDEN GIRLS, Blanche, was the original 'gay guy' on t.v. Outrageous, flirty, flamboyant, lustful, daring…..a character ahead of its time. Only the Samantha character from the Sex and The City series - a good 18 years later - could compare to her. She played it to perfection.

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  69. 69

    RIP, Rue

  70. 70

    way to make it about you a$$ hole!

    who cares if it's exclusive, this is a tragedy and is pretty much going to be reported everywhere!

    I see you posted a video… but I swear, even with deaths your posts are SO self-serving!

  71. 71

    So sad….I will be in mourning for a week! I believe we all have a lil' Blanche in us all. RIP, Rue. The world will never forget U!

  72. 72

    RIP Rue, you will forever live in our hearts and souls for many years to come. You brought so much laughter and joy in to peoples lifes. May God Bless You on your journey home.

  73. 73

    God shared with us this amazing talented woman. She is with him now. Many up and coming artists can look at her work and learn how to really do it. May God bless her family and friends.

  74. 74

    Like so many, I just adored her as Blanche. Only one little Golden Girl left.

  75. 75

    Shed a tear as soon as I heard this tragic news this morning! Rue was an incredible woman who filled so many hearts with laughter. She will forever be treasured! May she rest in peace. Forever Blanche.

  76. 76

    Your condolences to THE WORLD? Though this is very sad news, the world doesn't need your condolences Perez. Focus on Rue's family, friends and fans perhaps.

  77. 77

    I'm sorry about Rue's passing, but Perez exclusive???
    Get real. I read it on about 1/2 dozen websites before I saw it on Perez.
    RIP Rue! We love you!!!

  78. npc25 says – reply to this


    uhhh you didnt exclusively report this at all…as a matter of fact you were hours late in reporting it….fuck you you disease ridden shit bag

  79. 79

    She probably did not like meeting you Perez. Who would? And you're reporting it exclusively? No your not… it was already reported.

  80. 80

    exclusive my ass. RIP Rue

  81. 81

    danieltroppy says –

    No more Golden Girls left, that's so sad.

    ^^ Uhh, ever hear of Betty White?

  82. Fabu says – reply to this


    Sad news :(

  83. 83

    I loved Rue and the Golden Girls and she even makes you seem likable in this picture. What a lady!!!

  84. 84

    She will be missed. RIP Rue! Have fun with all the other Golden Girls!!!
    Prayers to her family and friends.

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  86. 86

    this time last year a bunch of celebrities passed away, and now this year it's starting !! RIP Rue

  87. 87

    lol in what world is this an exclusive, people reported it before you. idiot.

  88. 88

    So, so sad. I grew up watching GG, and I still watch the reruns every night. It will always be one of my favorite shows ever! RIP Rue…we will miss you so very much!

  89. 89

    RIP this is very sad- loved her. Perez has to make it ALL ABOUT HIM everytime someone famous he may have met once dies. It's sick but nothing new from him.

  90. 90

    R.I.P sweet lady

  91. 91

    aww man she was one of my favs on golden girls…(yes i still watch)..i hope the weird trend of celebs dying over the summer don't start again.


  92. 92

    Oh, no

  93. 93

    my golden lady has died on my birthday. now this day shall be forever tainted. :( Please hang on for dear life, betty…

  94. 94

    Thank you for being a Friend Rue

  95. 95

    so sad!!!i loved that show :( RIP

  96. 96

    LOVED HER ! She was great on both shows. Mama's Family too !

  97. 97

    I am soooo sad to hear this terrible news. She will be missed. Thank you for being a friend.

  98. 98

    I'm totally shocked and stunned. I knew her health has bad but didn't expect this! RIP Rue =) At least Blanche and the rest of the girls will be here forever =)

  99. 99

    Um, "exclusively"? Are you aware of what that word means?

  100. 100

    noooooooooo.! F U C k 0 F F deathhhh.!

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