Golden Girls star Rue McClanahan died of a massive stroke on the morning of June 3, with her family at her side. She was 76 years old. The beloved actress had suffered a minor stroke earlier this year after heart-bypass surgery. Rue, who started in regional theater, got her big break when she was cast as Bea Arthur’s best friend on Maude in the 1970s. In the 1980s, she and Bea teamed up again, along with Betty White and Estelle Getty, for the hit show Golden Girls, for which she earned an Emmy for her role as Southern sexpot Blanche Devereaux in 1987. Rue, who was married six times, wrote a memoir in 2007 called My First Five Husbands ... And the Ones Who Got Away. “Rue was a close and dear friend. I treasure our relationship. It hurts more than I ever thought it would, if that’s even possible,” Betty, who is now the last living Golden Girl, told Entertainment Tonight.