Rue McClanahan Dead at 76 Thursday June 3, 2010 RUE McClanahan has died[/URL], aged 76. The Golden Girls star “passed away at 1 a.m. this morning,” her manager, Barbara Lawrence told People magazine. “She had a massive stroke.” McClanahan — who played Blanche Deveraux in Golden Girls — had suffered a minor stroke earlier this year while recovering from bypass surgery. Lawrence added that at the time of her death Thursday, McClanahan “had her family with her. She went in peace.