Rue McClanahan. (AP) And then there was one. "Golden Girl" Rue McClanahan died overnight of a stroke, manager Barbara Lawrence tells People magazine. McClanahan, 76, also suffered a stroke earlier this year while recovering from bypass surgery. The death of McClanahan leaves the prolific Betty White, 88, as the only surviving member of the "Golden Girls" cast. Bea Arthur passed away last year and Estelle Getty died in 2008. Oh, and yes, McClanahan was a busy working actress before landing the role as oversexed Blanche Devereaux on the CBS sitcom, which ran from 1985-1992. She began her career on stage in New York before transitioning to TV with a brief stint on "Another World" and a regular role as Arthur's best friend on "Maude" from 1972-1978. Below, a couple of McClanahan's choice "Golden Girls" moments: Share your thoughts about the passing of Rue McClanahan below......
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