Desperate Housewives actress Kathryn Joosten died of lung cancer Saturday, June 2, 2012 at the age of 72.
“Kathryn passed away this morning after a valiant fight against her cancer,” Nadine Jolson, Joosten’s rep, told E! News. “Her family was with her. Funeral arrangements are pending. This is a terrible loss, and she fought as hard as she could.”
Joosten played Karen McCluskey, the feisty, old neighbor on the ABC drama Desperate Housewives, which concluded its final season just a few weeks ago. Joosten’s character passed away in the season finale, also from lung cancer.
Jonathan and Timothy, Joosten’s two sons, released the following statement: “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.”
Joosten was a former smoker, who survived a bout with lung cancer in 2001, and had another cancerous growth successfully removed from her lung in 2009.
Her former co-stars from Desperate Housewives Tweeted about her death, writing:
“Thank you Kathryn. For your courage, your humor, your fight and your talent. We were so lucky to have you. xo xo xo.” -Marcia Cross
“My heart and prayers go out to the family of Kathryn Joosten! She was an amazing actress and an even better human being!” -Eva Longoria
“All my prayers and love to Katherine (sic) Joosten’s family. Rest in peace, she was an amazing woman and a wonderful actress.” -Felicity Huffman