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Bea Arthur Dies at 86

4/25/2009 4:38 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Bea ArthurA family spokesman for Bea Arthur says the actress has died.

Spokesman Dan Watt says Arthur had cancer, but did not offer any further details. Arthur passed away at home early this morning.

Arthur is most well-known for her roles in "The Golden Girls" and "Maude."

Rue McClanahan who played Blanche Devereaux on "The Golden Girls" issued the following statement about Bea's passing to TMZ: "37 years ago she showed me how to be very brave in playing comedy. I'll miss that courage and I'll miss that voice."

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RIP BEA    

R.I.P Bea

1917 days ago
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Octowelfaremom    

What a great actress and lady. May she RIP because she certainly will be missed.

1917 days ago
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Jennifer    

RIP

1917 days ago
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allen    

this is so sad, rest in peace. =/
i am crying right now,
ohhemmgeee

1917 days ago
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LadyG    

R.I.P. I grew up watching Maude and I loved her in the Golden Girls.

1917 days ago
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Ms. X    

Love her. I'll miss that voice along with the rest of her.

1917 days ago
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GIANCARLO FORTI    

THIS PICTURE DOES NOT LOOK LIKE HER AT ALL

1917 days ago
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Shannan    

RIP you were a true Golden girl.

1917 days ago
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lls    

Thanks for all the laughs!


God bless ..........................

1917 days ago
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Karen    

What a wonderful actress. She will be missed.

1917 days ago
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Wow    

Bea Arhur had a dry sense of humor and her delivery was perfect. She will be missed. There's not another one like her!

1917 days ago
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Tila is nasty!!!    

rip Bea. I still watch the golden girls everyday. so sad thats 2 of the 4 that had cancer. i hate cancer!!!!!!!!!!!!

1917 days ago
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Marie    

I watch the Golden Girls frequently and I'm sad to see that she's passed. She was a great actress!

1917 days ago
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MJ    

Unlike a lot of sitcoms where the last seasons are not that great, Golden Girls was funny from beginning to end.

1917 days ago
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Miriam    

Bless her. Loved The Golden Girls. She will be missed. Best to her family and loved ones.

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