They say cats have nine lives. Well, it seems Rue McClanahan, the consummate cougar, has had at least three!! News of the death of the Emmy-winning actress who played Blanche Devereaux on the hit TV series The Golden Girls was trending on Twitter and Facebook on Thursday. Strange, given that McClanahan passed away five years ago. Even stranger: The same thing happened last year.
McClanahan died on June 3, 2010, after suffering a stroke at the age of 76. Four years later, on June 10, 2014, the news suddenly went viral. A Washington Post report deconstructing the phenomenon the first time it happened, suggested the original source was probably a passionate Golden Girls fan with a large following. And that fan was me.