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Desperate Housewives' Kathryn Joosten Has Died

If ever there was a character on Desperate Housewives who told it like it was, Karen McCluskey. The resident senior citizen of Wisteria Lane didn't make any apologies about her opinions, and given the amount of drama and nosiness that went on in the ABC drama series, that kind of honesty proved to be as vital as it was amusing. So it is with great sadness that we share the news that actress Kathryn Joosten, who played Mrs. McCluskey on Desperate Housewives - among a bevy of other TV roles over the years - has passed away.

E! shared the sad news today, stating that Joosten died this morning from lung cancer at the age of 72. She was surrounded by her family and friends when she went. In addition to Desperate Housewives, Joosten's credits include appearances in Harry's Law, The Mentalist, Scrubs, Monk, My Name Is Earl, General Hospital and Grey's Anatomy. She also played the recurring role of "Old Lady God" in Joan of Arcadia. And finally, it's likely that many will remember her for her role as the President's secretary Mrs. Landingham in The West Wing.

Between her lengthy list of credits, which span decades and her distinct style of humor, I doubt I'm alone in knowing I'll always remember of her with a smile. She'll definitely be missed. Our thoughts go out to her friends and family in the wake of her passing.

(In the photo above, Joosten is shown with actress Lily Tomlin, who played Mrs. McCluskey's sister Roberta in Desperate Housewives.)

Kelly West
Kelly West

Kelly joined CinemaBlend as a freelance TV news writer in 2006 and went on to serve as the site’s TV Editor before moving over to other roles on the site. At present, she’s an Assistant Managing Editor who spends much of her time brainstorming and editing feature content on the site.