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.