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The actress who played the role of Julia Sugarbaker on the sitcom “Designing Women” from 1986-1993 has died. Dixie Carter passed away on Saturday April 10, 2010. She was 70.

No cause of death has been disclosed, leading to speculation that it was not from natural causes. Her husband actor Hal Holbrook said, “This has been a terrible blow to our family. We would appreciate everyone understanding that this is a private family tragedy.”

The Tennessee native was nominated for an Emmy in 2007 for her seven episode stint on “Desperate Housewives”.

Dixie Carter is also survived by daughters Mary Dixie and Ginna.

View the photo gallery of Dixie below.