Rue McClanahan'Golden Girls' star Rue McClanahan revealed today she's in the hospital getting "maintenance on the old ticker," and will miss an appearance at a gala event in her honor. According to, McClanahan was hospitalized this week for heart bypass surgery. is reporting she's suffering from acute cardiac illness.

"My darlings, I'm just devastated that I am going to have to miss my own tribute," McClanahan, 75, said in a statement from her hotel room. "Unfortunately, my doctor has laid down the law, and I'm currently having some maintenance on the old ticker."

She added: "Trust me, I'd much rather be in San Francisco having fun and being adored by all of you."