By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Los Angeles, California: Beloved actress, comedian and American icon Betty White has died on Friday, December 31st, 2021.
TMZ, People and Variety have all confirmed the sad lost of an American icon to many young and old just days before she would have celebrated her 100th birthday in Monday, January 17th, 2022.
TMZ reported that a source close to Betty White tells TMZ that she didn’t have any sudden illness, nor was she battling any particular ailment, and we’re told she’s believed to have died from natural causes.
In a statement issued today, Betty White’s agent and close friend Jeff Witjas tells PEOPLE magazine, “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.”
Betty White was born on Jan. 17, 1922, in Oak Park, Illinois, and is considered to be a trailblazer of television, most famous for her lead role as Rose Nylund in “The Golden Girls,” which ran from 1985 to 1992.
Betty White’s career was longer than any other female entertainer, having worked in the industry since 1939.
In the 1940’s, Betty White put her career on hold to volunteer for the American Women’s Voluntary Services during the Second World War.
Betty White is famously known for her iconic sitcom roles.
Betty White played the sweet, but salacious, Sue Ann Nivens on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”
Betty White probably is best known for her role of the sweet and naive Rose Nylund on 1980s hit “The Golden Girls.”
Betty White was a staple of many popular TV game shows of the 1960s, leading to the title of “First Lady of Game Shows.”
Betty White earned eight Emmy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, three American Comedy Awards and one Grammy Award.
Betty White was the first woman to win an Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host for “Just Men!” in 1983.
Off screen, Betty White was known for her love of animals, working with several organizations whose work focused on animal rights and welfare.
Betty White said her secret to a long life was, “Don’t look ahead and … try not to look back.”
ZachNews and the community sends our thoughts, prayers and condolences to the family and friends of Betty White; she will be missed by many.