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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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sandyduncansglasseye    

"you will always be my sisters, always"

2179 days ago
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casey    

ohmygoshh! im so unbelievably sad. she was my favorite character on the golden girls, ive always said i hoped id be like her when i got to be old. rip

2179 days ago
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ValoHalo    

"Picture This, Sicily 19XX" or "Shady Pines" that lady could make you laugh! She was suffering for awhile, but now she's gone to a better place, I hope she keeps them rolling with laughter up there, as she did down here!

2179 days ago
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huh?    

#42, didn't Dorothy say that in the final episode as she leaves at the end?

2179 days ago
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DBGRANNIE    

Sorry to hear this. LOVED her on Golden Girls. She was really fun to watch . My thoughts and prayers to her family. They should be proud she made alot of us smile.

2179 days ago
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cicco68    

Ahhh, I have been waiting for this to happen eventually as all the good classic actresses can't last forever!!! One of my all time favorite shows. Estelle Getty as Sophia was one in a million.... Rest in peace......

2179 days ago
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jojola    

Dearest Estelle,

You have brought laughter and joy to me for so many years. Thank you for being a friend...

Rest in peace.

2179 days ago
53.

prettygirl    

Picture it Sicily...................

Greatest sitcom ever! RIP sweetheart.

2179 days ago
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Jay    

Thanks for making me laugh all these years Estelle. We need more people like you on this earth. You will be missed but not forgotten! RIP

2179 days ago
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Pattip1952    

I am so sad. One of my favorites, on The Golden Girls and on the stage. Her philosophy on life was wonderful and everyone was a friend. Picture it, Italy, 1944...............We'll miss you Estelle. Rest in peace.

2179 days ago
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N Rose    

She is now an angel in heaven...making all the souls laugh....
She will be greatly missed here on Earth..but her wonderful work on the Golden Girls will be around forever...
Love Ya, Estelle...

2179 days ago
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Rachel    

I am one of the biggest fans of the Golden Girls show and am sad to here of Estelles passing. She was a great actress and will definitely be missed.

2179 days ago
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NotTootie    

She has left behind a lasting legacy of laughter. Her character is still as funny today as it was 20 years ago. Thank you Estelle for making us smile. I can see her up in Heaven clutching her purse :)

2179 days ago
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GMoneyRI    

"Picture it: Miami. 1987. A house--the only one in the neighborhood without a pool, but I digress. Four women, friends. They laugh, they cry, they eat. They love, they hate, they eat. Every time you turn around, they eat. The point I’m trying to make here is, what’s going on here is living. Just because you have some rough times doesn’t mean you throw in the towel. You go on living..........and eating."

We'll miss you, Estelle. And I'll never get to hear you sing "No Time at All" from Pippin. Pity, you'd have been great once we got the money together to do the show. We love you.

2179 days ago
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michelle    

RIP You will be missed, you made me laugh. My thoughts and prayers are with your family...

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