Betty White passed away at the age of 99 and according to her agent, she died from “natural causes”.
Her agent, Jeff Witjas, who’s also a good friend of the actress, told People, “Betty died peacefully in her sleep at her home.”
He also cleared speculations that White’s death was related to the COVID-19 booster shot she was given last December 28.
He told the outlet, “People are saying her death was related to getting a booster shot three days earlier, but that is not true. She died of natural causes. Her death should not be politicized — that is not the life she lived.”
On the other hand, White’s co-star in “Mama’s Family”, Vicki Lawrence, told in an interview with Page Six, that the actress called out the name of her late husband Allen Ludden before she passed away. She shared, “I texted Carol [Burnett] and said, ‘This just sucks. I hate this. It’s just horrible to see the people you love so much go away. Carol wrote back and said, ‘I know, I know. I spoke to Betty’s assistant, who was with her when she passed, and she said the very last word out of her mouth was ‘Allen.’”
White has appeared in numerous TV shows and films including “The Golden Girls” and “The Marty Tyler Moore Show”.
Her death came after LAPD officers responded to a call from her home in Brentwood, California at 9:30 a.m. on December 31.
Witjas later confirmed her death with People on New Year’ Eve. He said, “Even though Betty was about to be 100, I thought she 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.”
Family friends and fans shared tributes to White following her death. She’d been an eight-time Emmy winner, holding the record for the longest TV career in Hollywood.
President Biden and first lady Jill Biden were saddened over her death. He called her, “a lovely lady”. He also told reporters, “That’s a shame. Ninety-nine years old. As my mother would say, God love her.”
Meanwhile, the first lady added, “Who didn’t love Betty White? We’re so sad.”