Desperate Housewives Star Dead
Kathryn Joosten dies after long battle with lung cancer
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 3, 2012 7:12 AM CDT
In this March 1, 2012 photo, Kathryn Joosten arrives at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences 21st Annual Hall of Fame Gala.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
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(Newser) – Actress Kathryn Joosten has died after a lengthy battle with lung cancer, just weeks after her meddling neighbor character on Desperate Housewives died in the series finale. The 72-year-old was a heavy smoker first diagnosed with the disease in 2001, notes Radar, but had been declared cancer-free as recently as two years ago. Tweeted co-star Brenda Strong, "To the memory of an extraordinary woman, actress, and friend. Rest in Peace Kathryn Joosten. Wisteria Lane won't be the same without you."