'Golden Girls' Actress Died 5 Years Ago, But Her Death Just Went Viral


In 2010, the world lost an icon: Rue McClanahan. She was 76 years old at the time of her death.

But yesterday, her death went viral on social media.

For the uninitiated, McClanahan played Blanche Devereaux on the beloved sitcom “The Golden Girls.”

Facebook and Twitter became flooded with hundreds of posts from fans expressing their grief and condolences, unaware McClanahan, in fact, passed away on June 3, 2010.

In fact, many, apparently too stricken to notice the date, proceeded to share the obituary from five years ago printed on CBS News the day of her death.

Oddly, the same thing happened almost exactly one year ago.

A few savvy users pointed out McClanahan's death is old news.

For many, however, yesterday was a needlessly sad day.

Well, Rue, you certainly haven't been forgotten. Rest in peace, girlfriend.

Citations: Golden Girls Star Rue McClanahans Death Goes Viral Five Years After It Happened (TIME)