Rue McClanahan, best known and loved as the sassy Southern sex-crazed Blanche Devereaux on The Golden Girls, died this morning at the age of 76. Her manager told People that McClanahan died around 1 am after suffering a massive stroke and that she was surrounded by her family at the time of her death. She is survived by her sixth husband Morrow Wilson and a son from her first marriage.
As part of America's most beloved geriatric comedy foursome, McClanahan's brassy Blanche seduced the men of Miami from 1985 to 1992. In 1987 McClanahan was awarded the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her portrayal of Blanche. TV watchers are still enchanted by the former Southern belle, as The Golden Girls remains in syndication and is a cultural icon of the '80s.
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