Rue McClanahan’s death went viral on Thursday, when news of her death shocked fans on social media despite having occurred five years ago.

Rue McClanahan’s Death Goes Viral Five Years Later

McClanahan’s death went viral on June 11, 2015 – barely a week after the fifth anniversary of her death – when an obituary for McClanahan resurfaced online. The obituary is clearly dated June 3, 2010, but that didn’t stop fans from assuming it was recent and taking to social media to mourn the beloved Golden Girls star.

Of course, not everyone believed the hoax.

McClanahan’s death also went viral one year ago, when the same obituary became popular on Facebook and Twitter, causing a fresh wave of grief and commemoration.

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