A GOLDEN GIRLS TV reunion has been marred by tragedy - the beloved series' matriarch, played Estelle Getty, was too sick to attend.

The actress was hoping to join Bea Arthur, Betty White and Rue McClanahan for the get together, which will air in America on 2 June (03).

But an ongoing battle with Parkinson's Disease and other ailments forced her to pull out of the celebration.

Arthur, who played Getty's daughter on the show, says, "We love her very much but she's not well. We're just hoping she gets well."

01/05/2003 09:29