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Remembering Kathryn ‘McCluskey’ Joosten and Her Final Moment on ‘Desperate Housewives’

'Desperate Housewives' star Kathryn Joosten dies
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‘Desperate Housewives’ star Kathryn Joosten passed away at 72 this Saturday in her Los Angeles home.

“Kathryn passed away this morning after a valiant fight against her cancer,” said Joosten’s rep Nadine Jolson. “Her family was with her. Funeral arrangements are pending. This is a terrible loss, and she fought as hard as she could.”

Joosten fought an 11-year battle with lung cancer. During her period as a smoker, she survived both the first wave in 2001 and again in 2009 after additional growth was removed. She is survived by her two sons Jonathan and Timothy.

Though Joosten’s role as loveable neighborhood snoop Karen McCluskey earned her two Emmy Awards, she was also widely known for being President Bartlet’s secretary on ‘The West Wing.’ These were by no means her only major career highlights, though. Any TV lover will recognize her face from ‘Will & Grace,’ ‘General Hospital,’ ‘King of Queens,’ ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and countless other shows.

The news of her death comes alongside the equally tragic announcements of the deaths of both ‘Family Feud’ host Richard Dawson and Dick Beals, the voice of Gumby.

Watch Kathryn Joosten’s Last Scene on ‘Desperate Housewives’

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