Betty White died at the age of 99. The popular award-winning actor’s close friend and agent, Jeff Witjas, confirmed the news in a statement People On the 31st of December. “Even though Betty was about to turn 100, I thought she would live forever,” he said. “I’ll miss her terribly and the wildlife that she loved so much. I don’t think Betty was ever afraid to die because she always wanted to be with her beloved husband, Allen Ludden. She believed she was back at would be him. “
Betty was on January 17th just weeks before her 100th birthday. According to People, she should premiere her one-night-only film special, Betty White: 100 Years Young – A Birthday Party, in honor of its centenary, which was to be shown in 900 cinemas across the country on its birthday. The producers of the special have since confirmed that the event will take place on January 17th as planned.
The experienced actress is considered to be a groundbreaking figure in the television world and had the longest career of all women on television until her death. Beginning in 1939, Betty played in several shows over eight decades – including The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Hot in Cleveland, and her own daily variety show, The Betty White Show – but her most famous role was starring as Rose Nylund The golden girlswhich ran on NBC from 1985 to 1992. She was the last living member of the show’s quartet, which starred Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty. In her later years, Betty continued to live a full life and became the oldest person to ever host Saturday night live in May 2010.
In light of the news of Betty’s death, fans and friends of the star share touching words and memories from her career on social media. Ryan Reynolds, who starred in alongside Betty The application with Sandra Bullock, tweeted“The world looks different now. She was great at defying expectations. She managed to get very old and somehow not old enough. We will miss you, Betty. Now you know the secret.” Read on as more celebrities pay tribute to the actor.