Golden Girl Bea Arthur Passes Away


May 6, 2006
Actress Bea Arthur dead at 86

(CNN) -- Bea Arthur, the actress best known for her roles as television's "Maude" and the sardonic Dorothy on "The Golden Girls," has died of cancer, a family spokesman said Saturday.


Bea Arthur, right, with "Golden Girls" co-stars Betty White and Rue McClanahan at an awards show in June 2008. She was 86.

Spokesman Dan Watt said that Arthur died Saturday morning at her home in Los Angeles, her family by her side.

She is survived by her sons Matthew and Daniel and grandchildren Kyra and Violet, he said.

No funeral services are currently planned, Watt said, adding that the family asked that donations be made to either the Art Attack Foundation or PETA in lieu of flowers.