Comedic Legend Betty White Dies Three Weeks Shy Of 100th Birthday
The legendary comedian and actress Betty White died on Friday at the age of 99.
Just three weeks shy of her 100th birthday on January 17, the widely beloved star of iconic shows such as The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Golden Girls reportedly died at her home in Los Angeles. Her agent and close friend Jeff Witjas told People magazine in a statement that he thought White “would live forever.”
"I will miss her terribly and so will the animal world that she loved so much. I don't think Betty ever feared passing because she always wanted to be with her most beloved husband Allen Ludden. She believed she would be with him again,” Witjas said, referencing White’s third husband, who died of stomach cancer in 1981 after an 18-year-long marriage.
White, who had been in showbiz for eight decades prior to her death, had been a recurring panelist on a litany of game shows beginning in the 1960s including Match Game and Password, where she met Ludden. She’d go on to guest star in shows such as The Bold and the Beautiful, Boston Legal, and The Carol Burnett Show, but solidified her icon status with her roles as Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls, and Elka Ostrovsky on Hot in Cleveland.
Over the years, White had been honored in myriad ways by fans who wanted to show their appreciation for her work. In 2010, she got cast as a host on Saturday Night Live because fans had launched a Facebook campaign for her to do so. Ahead of her 100th birthday, People magazine had organized a special issue to honor her centennial. In an interview for that issue, White said she felt “so lucky to be in such good health and feel so good at this age.”
She also added that her secret to living a long life was avoiding “anything green” and that she thought “it's working."