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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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Holly    

Such sad news this morning :( I am a HUGE Golden Girls fan, watch them every day. You will truly be missed Bea...thank you for all the laughs and thank you for being a friend. Dorothy, Ma & Pa are all together again....

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420 GIRL    

R.I.P. Bea

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#645732 - Cell Block H    

Aww, that's too bad. I liked this old gal. The one line I always remember is from Maude when her husband would say something stupid, she would say, "God will get you for that."

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rachelle    

Archie and Maude together again!!!

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420 GIRL    

Rest in Peace Bea

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21.

rachelle    

Archie and Maude together again!!!

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xcalibur    

WHAT A TREMENDOUS BODY OF WORK THROUGHOUT HER LIFE. RIP MAUDE. ONE OF MY FAV TAKE NO BS ACTRESSES IN HER TIME.

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23.

Jezzy    

From all of us here: "Thank you for being a friend".

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24.

TLC    

Rest in Peace, Ms. Arthur. You've given my family, as well as myself, many laughs over the years.

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25.

FTM guy    

R.I.P Maudy :-(
What a talent!!!!!!

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26.

Alexa    

So sad. Condolences to her family and friends.

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27.

Sara    

Classy lady.
RIP

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28.

UGGGGHHH    

Loved her in Golden Girls. She will be well missed.

RIP Bea Arthur / Dorothy.

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29.

Michael    

RIP! =[

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30.

racquel    

omgosh i loved he in the golden girls she will be truly missed i can't imagine

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