LOS ANGELES — Greek-American actress Betty White, whose saucy, up-for-anything charm made her a television mainstay for more than 60 years, whether as a man-crazy TV hostess on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” or the loopy housemate on “The Golden Girls,” has died. She was 99.
White’s death was confirmed Friday by Jeff Witjas, her longtime agent and friend. She would have turned 100 on Jan. 17.
Known for her unforgettable role on the 1980s classic sitcom “The Golden Girls,” Betty White was just weeks away from celebrating her 100th birthday next month on January 17th.
According to TMZ, the legendary Betty White passed away at her home today in the early morning hours. Reportedly, she did not suffer from any illness at the time of her passing and instead is believed to have simply died of natural causes.
Earlier this week, she posted on social media about her upcoming birthday, which was celebrated with a new cover of ‘PEOPLE’ magazine in her honor.
Announcing the cover she wrote:
“My 100th birthday…I cannot believe it is coming up, and People Magazine is celebrating with me! The new issue of @people is available on newsstands and nationwide tomorrow.”
With over 80 years in the entertainment industry, Betty White starred on a host of popular TV shows, such as “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Mama’s Family” and “Hot In Cleveland.”
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However, it was her instantly memorable role as “Rose Nylund” on the pop culture favorite sitcom “The Golden Girls” that brought her the biggest success and acclaim, as fans of all ages and from all over the world still watch the show’s hilarious episodes.
Sadly with her death, now the entire cast of “The Golden Girls” has now passed away.
We want to send our condolences to her loved ones during this difficult time.