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Legendary actress Betty White died about two weeks before what would have been her 100th birthday on January 17, according to numerous reports. TMZ first reported on the death of the nine-decade-long actress and actress who was affectionately known as the “Mayor of Hollywood”.
The “Golden Girl” death comes shortly after she made the cover of People magazine, where she described herself as “lucky to be so healthy”.
People edited the magazine’s online edition to note that “its representative [had] confirmed ”the death of the actress.
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“Even though Betty was about to turn 100, I thought she would live forever” Agent Jeff 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.
On Twitter, the surprise and dismay over his death was palpable for the star who was born in Chicago suburb of Oak Park, Ill. On Jan. 17, 1922, and graduated from Beverly Hills High School after that his parents moved the family to California during The Great Depression. “Betty White” became the # 1 Twitter trend in the US on Friday afternoon, and the beloved actress was also at the top of real-time search trends on Google.
Oak Park native Steve Martin and Kathy Griffin shared their personal stories about the beloved television icon.
Below is a collection of reactions from artists and fans around the world. Many, including Ellen DeGeneres, have noted White’s “exceptional life”.
“Star Trek” star George Takei called it a “national treasure.”
“A spirit of kindness and hope. Betty White was highly regarded because of who she was and how she embraced a life well lived, ”Dan Rather wrote.
“Tonight we’ll be raising A LOT of WONDERFUL heritage Betty White glasses !!!” tweeted Andy Cohen.