The actress’ manager, Barbara Lawrence, confirmed the star died aged 76 at a hospital in New York, surrounded by her family, and messages of condolence have flooded in since the announcement.
Hoffman, who starred alongside McClanahan in the Broadway production of Jimmy Shine in 1968, says, “I have fond memories of working with Rue on Broadway in the ’60s, and I am saddened by her passing. My thoughts are with her family and friends.”
Will & Grace star Leslie Jordan praised McClanahan for her talent while they starred together in 2000’s Sordid Lives: The Series, saying, “We did a tour of comedy from the show. She was in a wheelchair, I think after a hip replacement, and rather than stand-up comedy, she called it sit-down comedy. Honey, we wheeled her out… We said, ‘You have 20 minutes.’ Well, she had that audience on the palm of her hands… She could get down with the best of us. She was filthy. She will really be missed.”
Actress Mandy Moore posted a message on her Twitter.com page, writing, “RIP Rue Mcclanahan. Sending love and prayers to her loved ones…”