Rue McClanahan dies

I guess celebrity deaths come in threes. Just a week after Gary Coleman and Dennis Hopper passed away, now comes word on the death of Rue McClanahan, who died this morning after complications from a stroke. She was 76.

McClanahan’s TV credits include Maude, Apple Pie (a two-episode ABC sitcom clunker from 1978), and Mama’s Family, but McClanahan is best known for playing Blanche on the top-rated NBC sitcom Golden Girls, which ran from 1985-92. She also appeared on the short-lived spin-off Golden Palace, which ran on CBS in the 1992-93 season.

Before hitting it big on the small screen, McClanahan regularly appeared on Broadway.