updated 06/03/2010 AT 2:50 PM ET
•originally published 06/03/2010 AT 2:15 PM ET
She’s now the last living Golden Girl. For Betty White the loss of her costar Rue McClanahan struck hard.
“Rue was a close and dear friend. I treasure our relationship,” White, 88, said in a statement. “It hurts more than I ever thought it would, if that’s even possible.”
Golden Girls producer and writer Marc Cherry also expressed sadness over McClanahan’s death.
“When I worked on The Golden Girls, my favorite character to write for was Blanche Devereaux,” he said. “In the hands of lesser actresses Blanche’s vanity and sexual appetite would have been off-putting. But in Rue’s brilliant hands, that character became one of the most beloved in the history of TV.
“Rue’s kindness, generosity and enormous talent will be sorely missed.”