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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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keepinitrealincali    

Sad to hear the news of Bea's passing. From "All in the Family," to "Maude," to "Golden Girls," I grew up watching Bea's wonderful talent. To this day, I watch "Golden Girls" re-runs and never get tired of seeing Rue, Estelle, Betty and Bea. They always make me smile. My condolences to Bea's family and friends. RIP

1974 days ago
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TEinSP    

How sad. She was my favorite Golden Girl. R.I.P. Bea

1974 days ago
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Maggie    

She was a great actress. RIP. She had a great sence of humor!! Gotta laugh at her. :) Great lady..

1974 days ago
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DeluxeDiva    

RIP, Ms. Bea. You will truly be missed.

1974 days ago
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yazzie    

We are sad.she lived to be a good age. There will be no other like her. Thank you for making us laugh. Peace.

1974 days ago
96.

Venom    

R.I.P.
A true legend and one of the best actresses.

1974 days ago
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poopy pants    

And only 6 hours after all the other blogs reported it! Way to go! Great journalists

1974 days ago
98.

My Kids Mom    

WHAT A WONDERFUL LADY. MADE ME SMILE, SHE IS AT PEACE, GOD BLESS.

1974 days ago
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pink floyd    

thank you bea for all the laughs,you will be missed.

1974 days ago
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evelyn    

Sorry to hear that she past but now she not suffering.She is in a better place.I grew up watching her show her show the Golden Girls

1974 days ago
101.

RacheLV    

RIP, Dorothy, you were a class act, funny, witty, and just plain awesome. Say hi to Ma for us, ok?

1974 days ago
102.

EGGO    

The Golden Girls was a great sitcom.....some of the best one liners in the history of sitcoms......I feel like an old friend has died. RIP..........Dorothy. Thank-you for being a friend!

1974 days ago
103.

Tom    

Archie: What the hell is that Maude?

Maude: Cream of Wheat with cheese. It's light, but it BINDS!

RIP Bea. You are missed.

1974 days ago
104.

OhPlease    

Thanks for the Medicaid......I mean, thanks for the memories!!

1974 days ago
105.

TylerDurden    

Uh... Who?

1974 days ago
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