According to her publicist, she passed at 12:31 AM this morning at her home in Rancho Mirage, California.

Legendary stage, television and film actress Carol Channing has passed away at the age of 97.

The statement was posted to her publicist's Facebook page:

CAROL CHANNING - You had us at "HELLO, DOLLY!" -

Born: Carol Elaine Channing on January 31, 1921 in Seattle, WA

Died: At 12:31am on Tuesday, January 15th, 2019, at home in Rancho Mirage, CA of natural causes.

It is with extreme heartache, that I have to announce the passing of an original Industry Pioneer, Legend and Icon - Miss Carol Channing. I admired her before I met her, and have loved her since the day she stepped ... or fell rather ... into my life. It is so very hard to see the final curtain lower on a woman who has been a daily part of my life for more than a third of it. We supported each other, cried with each other, argued with each other, but always ended up laughing with each other. Saying good-bye is one of the hardest things I have ever had to do, but I know that when I feel those uncontrollable urges to laugh at everything and/or nothing at all, it will be because she is with me, tickling my funny bone.

Rest In Peace, Carol. Thank you for making us laugh.

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