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Beloved actress Betty White dead at 99

Betty White, the beloved actress and cherished Golden Girl, has passed away at age 99 on Friday, according to a TMZ report.
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In news that’s as hard to type as it is to stomach, TMZ has reported that beloved and treasured actress and all-around human Betty White passed away at age 99 on Friday morning, with other news outlets, including The Guardian, reporting the news shortly after.

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The comedian, humanitarian, and sweet soul spent her last days as she did all of them — finding the joy in life, spreading kindness and joy with those who loved her and spending her time reading, watching television, and doing crossword puzzles.

This summer, her rep shared with TMZ that White was staying busy during the COVID-19 pandemic and getting lots of phone calls and virtual visits with friends. White also wrote letters, had limited visits with friends, and sent flowers and received them from those who kept her close to their hearts.

White’s 100th birthday is on Jan. 17, and she recently invited all of us to a celebration, which albeit will now likely be a memorial in her honor. The special film event, should it proceed as planned without the guest of honor in attendance, will serve as a beautiful memory for all of us who had the most special place in our hearts for America’s Golden Girl.

White’s friend and personal assistant shared a quote to People regarding White’s passing and — much like we all did, Jeff Witjas thought she’d live forever.

“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.” 

She may not have feared passing, and her reunion with her beloved husband must have been beautiful, but those left behind are certainly ending this year with tears in their eyes and a heaviness in their hearts. Although we are sure, the cheesecake and the laughs in heaven are something else today.

White made a life-long fan and friend out of all of us, and her news is rocking absolutely everybody today. Tweets are already showcasing that 2021 is officially the worst and that it taking White is the cherry on top of the cake none of us asked for.

If this Tweet doesn’t sum up how we’re all feeling, we’re unsure what would.

Fans of White all agree with this notion. She kicked ass and made it to a century. What a legend indeed.

The praise for White continues from colleagues and admirers as she shows us that life doesn’t have to slow down as you age. You can have fun, chase your dreams, and do good work as long as you can find joy. One thing White never had trouble with was finding that happiness.

Now just wasn’t the time, @God.

Fans are also reacting to White’s last Tweet, which was full of excitement and adoration for those celebrating the big day with her and the magazine that honors her incredible life.

We haven’t had to imagine a world without Betty White, and we’re not sure we want to, so we’re going to keep her spirit alive and share as much positivity and joy with those we know and love — and even those we don’t, in her honor. Thank you for being a friend, Betty White.

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Ashley Marie is a staff writer, beat leader, Disney fanatic, and Yellowstone expert. When she's not filling her friends in on all the entertainment news they can handle, she's drinking her go-to Starbucks order — a caramel macchiato, thank you — and wishing she was at Disney World or spending time at the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch. With a focus on positivity and kindness in journalism, Ashley has been writing for a decade and hopes to keep bringing you articles for decades to come.