Emmy-winning actress Kathryn Joosten, who was best known for her role as nosy neighbor Karen McCluskey on DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, died on June 2 after a long battle with lung cancer. Joosten, who was a longtime friend of B&B Head Writer/Executive Producer Brad Bell, appeared on B&B as herself in late 2010 and early 2011 during a cancer arc involving Nick and Stephanie. "We are sad to learn of Kathryn's passing. She was a tremendous actress and a brave warrior for lung cancer awareness. She was an integral part of our lung cancer story arc and we feel fortunate for the time we spent with her," Bell said in a statement. Joosten was 72.