Actress Rue McClanahan has passed away at the age of 76. Rue McClanahan was best known as Blanche Deveraux from the Golden Girls series, which aired from 1985 to 1992.
Rue McClanahan's manager told People Magazine that the actress died at 1 a.m. Thursday morning from a massive stroke. McClanahan had triple bypass surgery last November. While still recovering, she had a minor stroke in January. In March 2010, Betty White reported onÂ The Ellen DeGeneres ShowÂ that McClanahan was doing well and that her speech had returned to normal.
Rue McClanahan was born in Healdton, Oklahoma and has been married six times. She is survived by one son, Mark Bish, from her first marriage.
An animal welfare advocate and vegetarian,McClanahan was one of the first celebrity supporters ofÂ People for the Ethical Treatment of AnimalsÂ (PETA). Her autobiography,Â My First Five Husbands, was released nationwide in 2007.
Rue McClanahan was the last of two remaining Golden Girls. Bea Arthur succumbed to cancer last year, while Golden Girl costar Estelle Getty died in 2008. Betty White remains healthy, having just hosted Saturday Night Live last month at the age of 88.