2021 brought its final blow with the death of legendary actress and comedian Betty White. She was 99 years old.
TMZ is the first to report the news this afternoon the legendary actress passed away at her home in California this morning.
His agent and close friend Jeff Witjas confirmed the news to PEOPLE Magazine this afternoon.
“Even though Betty was about to turn 100, I thought she would live forever,” Witjas told PEOPLE on Friday. “I will miss her terribly, just like the animal world she loved so much. I don’t think Betty was ever afraid of dying because she always wanted to be with her most beloved husband Allen Ludden. that she would be with him again. “
White would have turned 100 on January 17. A celebration was planned in theaters across the country to mark the occasion.
Betty’s career spanned nearly 80 years in television, known for her roles in shows like The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Hot in Cleveland. However, she is best remembered for her role as the lovable (but often naive) Rose Nylund on the NBC sitcom “The Golden Girls” in the 1980s.
White was set to celebrate his 100th birthday on Jan.17 and even appears on the cover of PEOPLE Magazine this week. She told the magazine that she was looking forward to her birthday.
“I’m so lucky to be so healthy and feeling so good at this age. It’s amazing,” White told the post, which is currently on newsstands.
In 2010, White appeared in a Snickers commercial, which kicked off a resurgence in her career.
An internet movement has started calling the 87-year-old to hit Saturday Night Live. Saturday Night Live’s episode of White garnered some of the show’s highest ratings.
Celebrities around the world are mourning White’s passing. Even President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr Jill Biden have reflected on his passing, according to CNN.
“Who didn’t love Betty White? We are so sad over her death”, Dr Biden said.
The cause of death was not immediately clear.