Noooooooo! What a sad day for fans of The Golden Girls. Estelle Getty, known for her role as Sophia Petrillo on the
Emmy-winning 80s sitcom, died Tuesday morning at her Los Angeles home. She would have turned 85 on Friday.
Estelle had suffered with Lewy’s Body Dementia, which has been described as a type of Alzheimer’s disease.
Betty White, who played Rose Nylund on the legendary sitcom, released this statement Tuesday:
“The only comfort at this moment is that although Estelle has moved on, Sophia will always be with us.”
“Sadly, today July 22, 2008 at 5:35 a.m. Pacific Time, we said our last good-byes to our little friend Estelle, who passed away and made her journey to the great beyond. Although it was a trip that she never wanted to take, she went gracefully, in the comfort of her own home, surrounded by her family and her very loving caregivers,” her caretaker Paul Chapdelaine wrote on her Web site Tuesday.
“Estelle’s legacy will live on and on through the comedy and laughter she gave to us all, which will forever keep us laughing out loud….For us here, who have known and cared for her for so many years, we’ve lost our dear little friend who always kept us entertained by filling our days with joyful laughter. Estelle’s fans across the globe have lost the feisty little lady known as Sophia Petrillo, whose quick wit, cutting remarks, and outrageous punch lines will forever be quoted and remembered.”
“Estelle, we love you and will miss you dearly. We pray that you are met at the Pearly Gate with open arms and a warm welcome by all who have passed before you. If there’s a stage over there, I know you’ll be on it…..Goodbye, dear friend. Thank you for all the talent and love that you’ve shared with us during your time here on Earth. You have touched my life, and the lives of so many others who will never forget you.”