The Death of Betty White

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LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 20: Actress Betty White attends The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association’s (GLAZA) 45th Annual Beastly Ball at the Los Angeles Zoo on June 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)

Ian Johnson, Staff Member

The Golden Girls star and beloved celebrity, Betty White, is dead at the age of 99 years old. Her legacy will not go unheard. Betty White’s comment on life and death says, “It’s not a surprise, we knew it was coming—make the most of it. So you may not be as fast on your feet, and the image in your mirror may be a little disappointing, but if you are still functioning and not in pain, gratitude should be the name of the game,” from her book, If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won’t).  

On December 31st, 2021, Betty White passed away peacefully in her sleep. Six days prior to her passing she had a stroke, but between the stroke and her passing she was completely coherent and herself, according to her friends and family. The stroke weakened her heart and she passed away in her sleep with zero pain. Ms.White’s agent was very close to her. “Even though Betty was about to be 100, I thought she would live forever,” says Jeff Witjas. In honor of Betty White, hundreds of people donated to animal shelters on January 17th, 2022, which would have been her 100th birthday. She was especially known for her love of animals. This was known as the #BettyWhiteChallenge across social media.

Betty White was best recognized for her role as “Rose Nylund” on Golden Girls. Rose was portrayed as naive and very kind-hearted. Her role stole the hearts of anyone who enjoyed the show. According to her Wikipedia, Betty White was one of the first women to work in front of and behind the camera. She had her own show and appeared on many more. She was interviewed by People magazine a couple weeks prior to her death. Dan Wakeford, People editor-in-chief said, “We are honored that she recently chose to work with People to celebrate her extraordinary life and career.” The interview with Betty White and People Magazine was done over email and the issue was closed on December 23rd 2021,on the report of Wendy Naugle, People’s deputy editor.

Some may ask, “How does one live as long as Betty White?” Well it’s a good thing the legend herself has shared her secrets. According to Betty White the secret to a long life is to consume hot dogs and vodka everyday. She is also reported to say that in her diet it is essential to avoid anything green. Betty White’s passing was a surprise for everyone, but her long life will forever be embedded in the hearts of everyone who had the privilege of experiencing her humor, wit, and love.