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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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JennInDC    

Loved her! She had a long, wonderful life and career!

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Holly    

God be with her - what a sweet woman she was

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A    

Loved her!! Rest in peace, Estelle!

2230 days ago
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Melissa    

Awww that is so sad. She was such a great person and loved her as Sophia

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kane    

RIP SOPHIA!!! We love you!!!

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TMC    

We will miss you Estelle! You're the only reason why we watched the Golden Girls!!!

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joan    

Oh this woman will be missed like no -other. Til this day I still love the show and probably always will. The mother daughter relationship was unbelieveable, and the chemistry between Sophia and Dorothy was great. She will be miss so much, My families thought and prayers are with her family. Thank You Sophia Petrillo for being you.

2230 days ago
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karen    

God Bless . Rest in peace

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tracy    

OMG Im so sad to hear this. I watched the show for years and still do when its on lifetime. My hubby would always joke that I had a sophia purse. I cant believe she died. I guess its for the best, its hard seeing your loved one live with the disease she had and living thru it yourself. God bless her family and her friends.

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S.L.Wheeler    

I was so shocked to read that u have passed on, We (my family) send our condolences to your families, (both personal and tv) and will continue to honor you and your legacy by watching you on "Golden Girls"!! Your mind and heart is at peace and you can now sleep your beautiful blue eyes eternally with the Lord.

Rest In Peace, Estelle!!

2230 days ago
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HeTouchedMyHeart    

THANK YOU FOR BEING A FRIEND............you will sorely be missed by all who love you. RIP.

2230 days ago
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S.L.Wheeler    

Bless ur heart and may u fly with the angels.

Picture this: 2008, you are with the lord and celebrating your birthday with him.

Rest In Peace!!

2230 days ago
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K'S GIRL    

She was too funny she made the golden girls look great

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Liz    

I have grown up watching the Golden Girls and knowing that I can always turn to my four 'friends' when I want is very reassuring. Estelle's performance as Sophia was pure genius; from her wise cracks about Stan's baldness to her more endearing qualities of being a good friend and mother.

I never got the opportunity to meet Estelle, but she will always be considered my third grandma.

2230 days ago
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rosie    

Although all the women on "Golden Girls" were wonderful, Estelle Getty was the best. The verbal sparing between her and Bea Arthur was priceless. Picture this! Sicily, 1922....what a wonderfully talented and funny lady! God bless you estelle!

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