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Golden Girls pay tribute to Getty
Bea Arthur and Rue McClanahan have paid tribute to Golden Girls co-star Estelle Getty, who died on Tuesday at the age of 84.

The Emmy-winning actress, who starred as cantankerous pensioner Sophia Petrillo in the US sitcom, died of progressive brain disease Lewy Body Dementia at her home in LA.

Arthur, who played her on-screen daughter Dorothy Zbornak, said: "Our mother-daughter relationship was one of the greatest comic duos ever, and I will miss her."

McClanahan (Blanche Devereaux) added: "Estelle always wanted to be an actress and she achieved that goal beyond her dreams. Don't feel sad about her passing, she will always be with us in her crowning achievement, Sophia Petrillo."

Getty's other screen credits include Stop! Or My Mum Will Shoot, Mask, Stuart Little and Mannequin.

> Click here for an in-pictures look at her life

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