Dixie Carte of Designing Women and later Desperate Housewives fame, passed away Saturday morning at age 70. No further details have been released.
"This has been a terrible blow to our family," Carter's actor husband and frequent co-star, Hal Holbrook, said in a statement amid the terrible news.
"We appreciate everyone understanding this is a private family tragedy."
Dixie Carter (1939-2010).
Aside from playing Julia Sugarbaker on Designing Women opposite Delta Burke, Annie Potts and Jean Smart, Carter appeared in Family Law and Diff'rent Strokes and scored an Emmy nomination for a guest stint on Desperate Housewives.
Carter was also an accomplished singer and Broadway star, whose credits included Thoroughly Modern Millie, Pal Joey and Master Class.
She and Holbrook began dating after working together in the 1980 TV movie The Killing of Randy Webster and married four years later.