Just days after the news that Hollywood icon Betty White passed away at the age of 99, the late actress’ cause of death has officially been revealed.
According to People, Betty White’s agent and longtime friend, Jeff Witjas revealed that the actress died peacefully in her sleep at her home on New Year’s Eve. She was just a few weeks away from celebrating her 100th birthday.
Witjas also confirmed that the rumor about Betty White’s death being related to getting a booster shot three days earlier is simply not true. “She died of natural causes. Her death should not be politicized. That is not the life she lived.”
The agent and friend then noted that Betty White did not receive a booster shot on December 28th. Despite the apparent gossip going around. Social media users reportedly claimed that White had stated on that day, “Eat healthy and get all your vaccines. I just got boosted today.”
Witjas previously shared with the media outlet that even though Betty White was about to turn 100, he thought she would live forever. “I will miss her terribly and so will the animal world that she loved so much.”
Witjas further explained that he didn’t think that the late Hollywood icon feared passing away. This is due to the fact that she always wanted to be with her beloved husband, Allen Ludden. “She believed she would be with him again.”
Betty White Said A Sense of Humor Kept Her Forever Young
During a January 2021 interview with People, Betty White spoke about how her sense of humor kept her forever young. “Don’t take yourself too seriously. You can lie to others – not that I would – but you cannot lie to yourself.”
White also explained that just looking at the positive side and not dwelling on the downside also made life worthwhile as well. “Takes up too much energy being negative. Also having a good agent who keeps me busy all the time.”
The late actress then spoke about her health right before her 99th birthday. I am blessed with good health. So turning 99 is no different than turning 98.”
Weeks leading up to her unexpected passing, Betty White told the media outlet that she was so lucky to be in such good health and feel good at 99. When discussing her diet, however, White joked, “I try to avoid anything green. I think it’s working.”
Witjas spoke about White living a life of happiness. “She always thinks of others first. And she stays positive no matter what. Even when I beat her at our favorite game of gin rummy!”
White was known for her unforgettable roles on The Golden Girls and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Her 100th birthday documentary is still set to air in mid-January.