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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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