"Golden Girls" say emotional goodbyes to Bea Arthur

Updated: 2009-04-26T05:13:36Z

The news of Bea Arthur's death Saturday brought these words from her fellow "Golden Girls."

"I knew it would hurt, I just didn't know it would hurt this much. I'm so happy that she received her Lifetime Achievement Award while she was still with us, so she could appreciate that," Betty White told "The Insider" in a statement. "She was such a big part of my life."

Rue McClanahan, the only other remaining "Golden Girl," said: "[Thirty-seven] years ago she showed me how to be very brave in playing comedy. I'll miss that courage. And I'll miss that voice."

Arthur died at home on Saturday at the age of 86. A family spokesperson said the actress was battling cancer, although the spokesperson did not elaborate on the cause of death.

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