Rue McClanahan Dies — 4 Years Ago; Story of Golden Girl Blanche’s Death Again Goes Viral This Week

Rue McClanahan, who played Blanche Devereaux, died four years ago last Tuesday but for some reason, social media users were posting about her death as if it just happened.

A number of users on Monday were posting “RIP Rue” and talking about the actress.

She died at the age of 76 in June 2010 after suffering a stroke.

However, the fact McClanahan died more than 48 months ago didn’t prevent people from sharing a CBS article from around that time.

“R.I.P. Rue Mclanahan aka Blanche #thankyouforbeingafriend,” one person said on Twitter. “RIP Rue Mclanahan,” added another on Monday.

Wrote another: “RIP to the iconic Blanche Devereaux #GoldenGirls #RueMclanahan.” Added another, “Just found out that Rue Mclanahan died. My Blanche has passed away. #goldengirls #neverforget.”

But a number of people questioned why her death was trending.

“Why are people resurrecting #RueMclanahan’s death? She passed 4 years ago,” said one person. “Why on earth is Rue Mclanahan ‘trending’ news. She’s been gone for 4 years folks,” wrote another user.

Regarding her death, “She passed away at 1 a.m. this morning,” her manager, Barbara Lawrence told People magazine in 2010. “She had a massive stroke.”

McClanahan’s family was “with her” and “she went in peace,” Lawrence added. 

 

 

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS update for entertainment news: Box office top 20: ‘Fault’ sees stars with $48M 

NEW YORK (AP) — The teenage romance “The Fault in Our Stars,” adapted from John Green’s best-seller, easily outshined Tom Cruise’s sci-fi action film “Edge of Tomorrow” with an impressive $48 million debut. The much-bigger-budget “Edge of Tomorrow” opened in third place with $28.8 million.

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Rentrak, are:

1. “The Fault In Our Stars,” 20th Century Fox, $48,002,523, 3,173 locations, $15,128 average, $48,002,523, 1 week.

2. “Maleficent,” Disney, $34,328,264, 3,948 locations, $8,695 average, $128,175,232, 2 weeks.

3. “Edge Of Tomorrow,” Warner Bros., $28,760,246, 3,490 locations, $8,241 average, $28,760,246, 1 week.

4. “X-Men: Days Of Future Past,” 20th Century Fox, $15,154,814, 3,639 locations, $4,165 average, $189,556,080, 3 weeks.

5. “A Million Ways To Die In The West,” Universal, $7,348,495, 3,160 locations, $2,325 average, $30,338,465, 2 weeks.

6. “Godzilla,” Warner Bros., $6,121,179, 3,110 locations, $1,968 average, $185,214,185, 4 weeks.

7. “Neighbors,” Universal, $5,325,155, 2,674 locations, $1,991 average, $137,925,650, 5 weeks.

8. “Blended,” Warner Bros., $4,122,403, 2,928 locations, $1,408 average, $36,581,347, 3 weeks.

9. “Chef,” Open Road, $2,621,829, 1,298 locations, $2,020 average, $10,383,525, 5 weeks.

10. “Million Dollar Arm,” Disney, $2,025,950, 1,643 locations, $1,233 average, $31,550,980, 4 weeks.

11. “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” Sony, $1,961,843, 1,481 locations, $1,325 average, $196,350,239, 6 weeks.

12. “Belle,” Fox Searchlight, $778,232, 476 locations, $1,635 average, $7,592,499, 6 weeks.

13. “Rio 2,” 20th Century Fox, $772,827, 702 locations, $1,101 average, $125,682,392, 9 weeks.

14. “The Other Woman,” 20th Century Fox, $496,111, 489 locations, $1,015 average, $82,221,930, 7 weeks.

15. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” Disney, $416,892, 317 locations, $1,315 average, $255,863,996, 10 weeks.

16. “Heaven Is For Real,” Sony, $394,878, 446 locations, $885 average, $88,807,523, 8 weeks.

17. “Holiday,” Reliance Big Entertainment PVT. Ltd., $394,715, 144 locations, $2,741 average, $394,715, 1 week.

18. “Grand Seduction,” Entertainment One Films, $285,187, 107 locations, $2,665 average, $822,801, 2 weeks.

19. “Words And Pictures,” Roadside Attractions, $282,648, 98 locations, $2,884 average, $536,712, 3 weeks.

20. “The Lego Movie,” Warner Bros., $265,592, 274 locations, $969 average, $255,855,932, 18 weeks.

At the time, Betty White–who also appeared on “Golden Girls”–issued a statement.

“I treasured our relationship,” said White back then. “It hurts more than I even thought it would, if that’s even possible.”

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