Is Dead Golden Girl Rue McClanahan Haunting Twitter? Kate Knibbs6/12/15 12:00pm284EditPromoteGo to permalinkLooking at Twitter yesterday, it looked like Rue McClanahan, erstwhile star of The Golden Girls, had just died. People were losing it over the death of saucy southern belle Blanche Devereaux. But McClanahan didn’t die yesterday. She left this earthly existence five years ago.