Betty White dead: Legendary Golden Girls actress dies aged 99

Hollywood icon Betty White has died at the age of 99, TMZ reports.

The legendary Golden Girls star is said to have died at home on Friday morning, weeks before her big birthday.

He would have turned 100 on January 17.

His agent and friend Jeff Witjas told PEOPLE: “Even though Betty was about to turn 100, I thought she was going to live forever.

“I will miss him terribly and also the animal world she loved so much. I don’t think Betty ever feared dying because she always wanted to be with her beloved husband Allen Ludden. She believed she would be with him again.”



Legendary actress Betty White has died at the age of 99



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Since the news broke, tributes have poured in for the legendary actress.

Piers Morgan shared a clip of her with Betty on Twitter and called her “the funniest woman I’ve ever met”.

William Shatner wrote: “Sad to know @BettyMWhite has passed. I loved his comedic spirit and captivating charm. It was certainly a treasure for the world and a gift for the entertainment world. “

Speaking in her last interview before her death, Betty told PEOPLE she felt “so lucky to be in such good health” as she prepared for her 100th birthday.



Betty White would have turned 100 on January 17
Betty White would have turned 100 on January 17

She said, “I’m so lucky to be in such good health and feeling so good at this age. It’s amazing.”

The screen icon also delighted fans as she joked in the interview about Ryan Reynolds’ longtime crush on her.

The couple co-starred in the 2009 romantic comedy, The Proposal, opposite Sandra Bullock.



The Golden Girls with Rue McClanahan as Blanche Devereux, Estelle Getty as Sophia Petrillo, Bea Arthur as Dorothy Petrillo Zbornak, Betty White as Rose Nylund
The Golden Girls with Rue McClanahan as Blanche Devereux, Estelle Getty as Sophia Petrillo, Bea Arthur as Dorothy Petrillo Zbornak, Betty White as Rose Nylund

He said, “I heard Ryan [Reynolds] can’t get over his thing for me, but Robert Redford is The One. “

Ryan then joked: “I’m absolutely sick of the media using past relationships just to generate clicks.”

Betty’s career skyrocketed after starring in the 1980s sitcom The Golden Girls as Rose Nylund.

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