Fans of Desperate Housewives are mourning the death of actress Kathryn Joosten twice. Her character, Karen McCluskey, died in an emotional season finale. And, we at RumorFix – who are big fans — are sad to confirm that the 72-year-old passed away early Saturday morning.
The veteran actress, who also starred in West Wing, was surround by family and friends when she passed away. Joosten had suffered from lung cancer. Joosten showed courage and humor through her battle.
She used to laugh and call her death and dying scenes on Desperate Housewives “a rehearsal.”
Felicity Huffman writes, “All my prayers and love to Kathryn Joosten’s family. Rest in peace, she was an amazing woman and a wonderful actress.”
Brenda Strong, who was the narrator on Desperate Housewives, tweeted, “To the memory of an extraordinary woman, actress and friend. Rest in Peace Kathryn Joosten.Wisteria Lane won’t be the same without you.”
RumorFix received this statement from her family:
“The family of Kathryn Joosten, two-time Emmy winner, long-time Governor of The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, lung cancer advocate, and so much more, regrets to announce that Kathryn succumbed to her 11-year battle with lung cancer today, June 2, 2012, surrounded by love and humor til the end. Thanks to everyone for their love and support. We are laughing through our tears. We love you, Kathy, thanks for everything.”
The picture of Kathryn used in this post was one of her favorites, her publicist requested we use it — and we are happy to oblige.
She is survived by her two sons, Jonathan (and his wife Jeremy and their son Jon Henry) and Timothy (and his wife Karissa and their son Evan James). The family will hold a private service at her home and there will be a memorial service in the near future.