Associated Press is reporting that The Golden Girls star Rue McClanahan has passed away at the age of 76.

The actress' manager, Barbara Lawrence, said that McClanahan died from a stroke at 1 AM today in New York. Earlier this year the actress had suffered a minor stroke while recovering from a heart bypass surgery she had in 2009.

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McClanahan had succeeded in theatrical productions before landing roles in TV series' such as Maude and Mama's Family, but she shot to worldwide fame in 1985 starring as sexually-charged Blanche Devereaux in the hit TV series The Golden Girls alongside Estelle Getty, Betty White and her Maude co-star Bea Arthur. McClanahan won an Emmy in 1987 for her work on the series.

Betty White, now the last surviving member of The Golden Girls, remembered her co-star as a great friend.

"I treasured our relationship," said White. "It hurts more than I even thought it would, if that's even possible."

One of McLanahan's final performances was a guest-starring stint on Law & Order and you can CLICK HERE to read a conference call interview McClanahan gave about her role.