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Betty White:

Rue's Death 'Hurts'

6/3/2010 12:34 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0603_betty_white_BN_TMZ_01Betty White has released a statement on the death of her close friend and "Golden Girls" co-star Rue McClanahan.

White states, "Rue was a close and dear friend.  I treasured our relationship.  It hurts more than I even thought it would, if that's even possible."

Rue died this morning at the age of 76 after suffering a massive stroke.

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DaTruth    

Betty, you're the last one!

1501 days ago
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kadengirl    

Rue was the best. Rest in peace honey.

1501 days ago
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Abe    

What REALLY hurts is being the only one in your age group who's still alive.

1501 days ago
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future_queen_of_sweden    

R.I.P Rue. I loved you on the Golden Girls. You were my favorite.

1501 days ago
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dd    

Stay strong Betty.

1501 days ago
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LAWRENCE    

Wow, Betty will do anything to stay in the spotlight.

1501 days ago
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Anon    

I am so saddened and shocked by this news, especially since Rue was the youngest of the bunch. I just figured she would be around longer than the rest of the girls. I was lucky enough to get an autographed picture of Betty not that long ago, but the letter I had sent to Rue was returned as her address had changed. I now really regret not having found her correct address, as our lovely Blanche is now gone forever. The Golden Girls are a daily part of our lives, we watch them every night before going to sleep, as they are comforting to watch and really put a nice end to the day. My condolences to Rue's family & friend's, and please know how very much loved this woman was. I feel like I have lost a member of my family today, and indeed I have. I love you Rue, wherever you are Pea****. =(

1501 days ago
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Bella    

Rue, a smile frozen in time... Lawrence you moran, have some respect!!

1501 days ago
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GOPIE    

MY FAMILY AND I WATCHED THE GOLDEN GIRLS UMTEEN TIMES - BLANCE ALWAYS ADD THE SPICE TO IT.
THOSE FOUR LADIES WERE A HECK OF A COMBINATON TO BEAT
WE WILL SURELY MISSS HER--MY CONDOLENCES TO BETTY AND RUE FAMILY
KEEP THE FAITH BETTY--THANK YOU FOR BEING A FRIEND--OURS PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU-

1501 days ago
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CrisDizzle    

This is the summer of death for TV/Film Stars... Gary Coleman, Dennis Hopper, now Rue... who's next!

1501 days ago
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Anon    

I am so saddened and shocked by this news, especially since Rue was the youngest of the bunch. I just figured she would be around longer than the rest of the girls. I was lucky enough to get an autographed picture of Betty not that long ago, but the letter I had sent to Rue was returned as her address had changed. I now really regret not having found her correct address, as our lovely Blanche is now gone forever. The Golden Girls are a daily part of our lives, we watch them every night before going to sleep, as they are comforting to watch and really put a nice end to the day. My condolences to Rue's family & friend's, and please know how very much loved this woman was. I feel like I have lost a member of my family today, and indeed I have. I love you Rue, wherever you are Water Lily. =(

1501 days ago
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Tiffany    

:( im so sad to here that my favorite is betty but i liked rue 2 its just sad i rember all the good times watching that show with my grandma b4 she passed away but there all in a golden place now. So rue say hi 2 my grandma 4 me :) much love & respect ur fan always...

1501 days ago
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Tiffany    

betty stay strong i love u 2 ur the last 1 left!!!

1501 days ago
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CloBird    

Rest in peace,Rue McClanahan....
Now Betty is the last of the Golden Girls.This is such sad news.We've lost so many stars in recent years.

1501 days ago
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Milagros    

Betty does not need to say anything or do anything to say in the spotlight. She is in a light all her own, it is sad to hear the news about her friend and co-star. Betty you are great, all my blessings.

1501 days ago
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