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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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kate    

She was one of a kind and the BEST. May she rest in peace.

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Kelli    

She suffered for so long, god bless her. Wonderful lady...

2252 days ago
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Dbady    

Thank you for being a friend.

2252 days ago
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whatever    

not one for pointing out the obvious but it is so sad the tmz guys dont know basic math.

betty white: 17 January 1922

beatrice aurthur: 13 May 1922

estelle getty: 25 July 1923

so that would make her younger than the other two. so geez guys get your facts right before publishing. that aside golden girls was funny and good tv. miss that in today's reality world tv.....

2252 days ago
35.

Braden    

Rest in peace Estelle. You brought me many laughs.

2252 days ago
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Denise    

RIP .She was a great woman. She always worked hard to raise money for a cure for AIDS.

2252 days ago
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Jason    

Picture it, California 2008 ... a wonderful woman and actress left this world to go home to God and find rest from her labors. Ms. Estelle Getty, thank you for sharing your talents with us, bringing a smile to our faces, and for being a friend. Look down on us and rest in peace.

2252 days ago
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Brattus Rattus    

How terribly sad. She will be missed. Such a talent. Such a wonderful person. Rest In Peace.

2252 days ago
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Victoria    

RIP Estelle.......and thanks for all the laughs!

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Moakist    

What a talented and humble actress. You will be greatly missed. Thank you for making us laugh for so long.

2252 days ago
41.

Joanne    

Who decided this Old Chicks thing? Elizabeth Taylor has more class in her little finger than most of the actresses today...

2252 days ago
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Emilie    

Sleep with the Angels Estelle, you were the best and will be missed.

2252 days ago
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chop chop    

I hope she was able to take her purse with her to heaven. Thanks for all the laughs. I miss you already...

2252 days ago
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Barbara Eubanks    

I am very sorry to hear about Estell Getty.I thought she was just wonderful on Golden Girls,but I think she was even better on hotel show.Barbara

2252 days ago
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huh?    

Aw, poor Estelle. She made me laugh so many times!

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