dixie carter family2 Dixie Carter: What caused her death? [UPDATED]As Zap2it reported, legendary actress Dixie Carter, most known for roles on “Designing Women” and “Different Strokes”, died Saturday morning (April 10).

Husband Hal Holbrook’s publicist first confirmed her passing and the family released a statement asking for privacy in the wake of this “terrible blow. “

“This has been a terrible blow to our family, and we would appreciate everyone’s understanding that this is a private family tragedy – thank you.”

But what everyone —  including The Dish Rag — can’t help but wonder is what caused her untimely passing? 70 is relatively young. Was she ill?

]]>[UPDATE]:  As Dish Rag readers pointed out, The New York Times now reports that Dixie died in a Houston hospital from complications of endometrial cancer. Follow Zap2it’s Dish Rag on Twitter and Zap2it on Facebook for the latest celeb news and buzz. A Tribute to Dixie Carter:
Designing Women’: Dixie Carter’s ‘The Nights the Lights Went Out in Georgia.’ Photo credits: Dixie Carter and Hal Holbrook with family, guests at the 2008 Academy Awards. Getty Images