Bea Arthur, 1922-2009

CNN reports that Bea Arthur, star of television’s Maude and The Golden Girls, has died. She was 86.

Arthur’s spokesperson, Dan Watt, confirms that the actress passed away on Saturday morning in her Los Angeles home with her family by her side. Arthur had been battling cancer.

No funeral arrangements have been made yet, but her relatives ask that donations be made to the Art Attack Foundation or PETA in lieu of flowers.

Arthur is survived by her sons Matthew and Daniel, as well as her grandchildren Kyra and Violet.