Betty White’s Longtime Assistant Speaks on ‘Best Way to Honor’ Late ‘Golden Girls’ Star

by Liz Holland

Betty White’s death continues to rock the nation. The “Golden Girls” star would have been 100 years old on January 17th. White’s long-time assistant, Kierstan Mikelas, is speaking out about the narrative surrounding her death. Mikelas delivered a poised message about how to honor the late actress.  

Mikelas made a statement to Fox News Digital on Tuesday. “I’ve been reading a lot of the media coverage, and people seem really fixated on speculating about the way Betty died,”  the statement reads.

 Mikelas continues, “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if people put that much time into focusing on how she LIVED and, moreover incorporating a little of her philosophy into their OWN lives??? Be kind. Be kind to another person, to another animal, to the planet,” Mikelas pressed. “THAT is the BEST way to honor Betty White. Certainly, the legacy of a life well-lived is worth more attention than the moments before that life ended.”

White’s Friend Expresses Their Heartbreak

Mikelas certainly isn’t the only one who feels this way about Betty White’s passing. White’s friend and agent Jeff Witjas cleared up some rumors about the circumstances surrounding the stars’ death in a statement to People Magazine. , “Betty died peacefully in her sleep at her home. People are saying her death was related to getting a booster shot three days earlier but that is not true. She died of natural causes. Her death should not be politicized — that is not the life she lived,” Witjas says. 

Social media rumors were swirling, falsely quoting White as saying “Eat healthy and get all your vaccines. I just got boosted today.”

However, Witjas has confirmed multiple times to many sources that this is false. 

Witjas further emphasizes, “She never said that regarding the booster. Betty died of natural causes. She did not have the booster three days before she died.”

Betty White Feared Nothing

In a statement made on the day of her passing, Witjas expressed his grief for his client and friend, Betty White. “Even though Betty was about to be 100, I thought she would live forever,” Witjas said. “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.”

White will certainly be missed dearly by those close to her, along with the masses of people everywhere that were touched by Betty’s spirit and by her art. It seems as though White eradicated any fear she had surrounding death years ago, so many can find comfort in knowing she wasn’t afraid. 

As reported by People Magazine, White shared some wisdom on death in a 2012 interview with a New York Times columnist. She credits her mother for her view on the matter. “My mother had a wonderful approach to death,” White said. “She always thought of it as — she said, ‘We know we have managed to find out almost anything that exists, but nobody knows … what happens at that moment when it’s over.’ And she said, ‘It’s the one secret that we don’t know.’ So whenever we would lose somebody very close and very dear, she would always say, ‘Well, now he knows the secret.’ And it took the curse off of it somehow.”