Fans And Colleagues React To Death Of Iconic Actress Betty White
By Jason Hall
December 31, 2021
One of the most beloved names in entertainment has died.
White's close friend and agent Jeff Witjas confirmed White's death in a statement issued to PEOPLE Magazine on Friday.
"Even though Betty was about to be 100, I thought she would live forever," Witjas. "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."
White was just weeks away from her 100th birthday on January 17 at the time of her death.
Numerous fans and colleagues took to social media to celebrate the life and legacy of the Golden Girls actress.
Rest in peace, sweet Betty. My God, how bright heaven must be right now.— 😷💉 Valerie Bertinelli (@Wolfiesmom) December 31, 2021
RIP Betty White, the only SNL host I ever saw get a standing ovation at the after party. A party at which she ordered a vodka and a hotdog and stayed til the bitter end.— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) December 31, 2021
Our national treasure, Betty White, has passed just before her 100th birthday. Our Sue Ann Nivens, our beloved Rose Nylund, has joined the heavens to delight the stars with her inimitable style, humor, and charm. A great loss to us all. We shall miss her dearly.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) December 31, 2021
A spirit of goodness and hope. Betty White was much beloved because of who she was, and how she embraced a life well lived. Her smile. Her sense of humor. Her basic decency. Our world would be better if more followed her example. It is diminished with her passing.— Dan Rather (@DanRather) December 31, 2021
Betty White was an icon, a legend, and consistently found a way to be the moment over her nearly 70 year career.— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) December 31, 2021
A trailblazer. An original. And a truly kind soul. May she be forever surrounded by four-legged animals in heaven. pic.twitter.com/agiNKiSY7O
I never met the great #BettyWhite but I grew up watching her on Mary Tyler Moore, Golden Girls, and all the 70’s & 80’s game shows. This funny lady was a TV constant in my life and an American icon. Seems unfair she died at all, let alone 3 weeks before her 100th birthday. #RIP https://t.co/EdKBeylFmk— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) December 31, 2021
"I'm so lucky to be in such good health and feel so good at this age," White said during the recent interview. "It's amazing."
White's legendary entertainment career spanned 80 years, which included notable television roles on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Golden Girls and, more recently, Hot in Cleveland, among numerous others.
White last credited acting role came in the 2019 television short series, Forky Asks A Question, where she revived her character Bitey White from the film Toy Story 4.