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‘Desperate Housewives’ Star Dead at 72

The actress who played Karen McKluskey, the nosy neighbor in the hit drama Desperate Housewives, passed away after a battle with lung cancer on Friday. Kathryn Joosten won two Emmys for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, and in an eerie parallel, her character had died on the show’s season finale three weeks ago. Joosten was first diagnosed with lung cancer in 2001 and saw the cancer return in 2009. She was an advocate for research on and awareness of the disease.

June 2, 2012 4:10 PM