The Internet Four Years Late to the Death of 'Golden Girls' Star Rue McClanahan

By: Les Fabian Brathwaite

As far as internet death hoaxes go, this one was fairly innocuous since the party involved is already dead.

Beloved Golden Girls star Rue McClanahan was snatched away far too early from us at the tender age of 76 back on June 3, 2010, but perhaps thanks to posts like this commemorating the anniversary of her death, some mourners took to social media over the weekend to express their belated condolences:



Of course, some caught the gaffe, being fully-versed in the deaths of their entertainment icons:



But at least one blog reported it as breaking news, before realizing Rue's busy eating cheesecake in heaven with Bea Arthur and Estelle Getty while cursing Betty White in between bites:



But at least we can relive this gorgeous glamour shot rom the Eighties. That feathered hair and those drop earrings along are enough to send me into hysterics.  So R.I.P. Rue McClanahan. Again. Thank you for being a friend.