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Estelle Getty: Thank You For Being Alive

7/22/2008 2:29 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

"Golden Girl" Estelle Getty has gone to the big lanai in the sky and died at the age of 84, just three days shy of her 85th birthday.

Estelle passed away at 5:35 AM this morning at her L.A. home surrounded by her family and caregivers. Getty had been suffering for years with Lewy Body Dementia.

Although one year younger than Bea Arthur, Estelle is best known for playing her wise-cracking Sicilian mother Sophia Petrillo on "The Golden Girls." Co-star Betty White is also one year older than Estelle.

Getty is survived by her two adult sons.

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nvrbeen1stbutnowiam    

wonderful woman, god bless

2193 days ago
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chris    

rip

what a funny woman!

2193 days ago
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paul dennis reid    


" if i only knew then,
what i know now "

2193 days ago
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Liz    

RIP Estelle..................Thank you for all the laughs!

2193 days ago
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me    

god bless her soul. a classy lady and wonderful actress.

2193 days ago
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Alicia S    

What a great lady and a great actress. RIP!

2193 days ago
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pattie in cali    

our prayers are with the family, GREAT LADY, FUNNY, GOD BLESS

2193 days ago
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tattooed white trash...    

One of the greats passes on...see you in heaven Ms. Getty.

2193 days ago
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There is no such thing as reality tv    

Loved her on the "Golden Girls". RIP, Estelle. You brought alot of laughter to your fans!

2193 days ago
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Liz    

I still watch Golden Girls reruns. Estelle "Sophia" was my favorite. May she rest in peace.

2193 days ago
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That explains things!    

R.I.P.

2193 days ago
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sparkys nemesis    

What is Lewy Body dementia? My mom in law had...dementia; period. Anyway, with Estelle's passing, a tremendous talent is gone but at least she's free of that awful disease that old age can bring.

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rjinchi    

good-bye Sophia - you made me laugh....

2193 days ago
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Mayu    

I'm so sad to hear about her passing! I loved her on Golden Girls. I grew up watching it. It was the kind of show that all ages could enjoy.

We'll definately miss her in this house.

She'll always be golden to us.

2193 days ago
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Beth    

I have been waiting for this to happen. She was the funniest actress on The Golden Girls. So sad....my prayers go out to her family and friends.

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