Jessica Shaw
June 02, 2012 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Desperate Housewives executive producer Marc Cherry released a statement today about the death of Kathryn Joosten, who played fan favorite Mrs. McCluskey on the soap. “The character of Mrs. McCluskey was created for a single episode. We then cast Kathryn Joosten and she infused the part with so much feisty wit and curmudgeonly bravado, we knew we had to move her onto Wisteria Lane for the run of the series. I will forever miss her, as a co-worker and as a friend.”

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