Joosten died with her family at her side at home in Westlake Village, California, according to her publicist, Nadine Jolson. She had been battling the disease since being diagnosed with it back in 2001.
Coincidentally enough, her passing comes less than three weeks after the airing of the series finale of Desperate Housewives, in which Joosten’s character, Karen McCluskey, died of the same illness.
Besides her role on Housewives, which she joined in 2005, Joosten was known for playing the secretary to fictional U.S. President Josiah Bartlet on The West Wing, the NBC series that wrapped in 2006.
Joosten had also appeared in character roles on Murphy Brown, Frasier, and The Drew Carey Show. She also had supporting roles on General Hospital and the films “Hostage” (2005) and “Bedtime Stories” (2008).
Joosten won an Emmy Award in 2005 and another in 2008, both for outstanding guest actress in a comedy series for her work on Desperate Housewives.
“We are laughing through our tears,” said her family in a prepared statement.
She is survived by her sons, Jonathan and Timothy.
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