Actress Betty White passed away only weeks before her 100th birthday.
On Monday, January 17, many were hoping to celebrate Betty White’s big day. Unfortunately, she passed away on December 31 – New Year’s Eve – at the age of 99.
Although it was said that she “died peacefully in her sleep,” Betty White suffered a stroke only six days before her death. A source with direct knowledge of the incident said that Betty was “alert and coherent” after her stroke.
According to the death certificate obtained by TMZ, Betty passed away from a cerebrovascular accident, which causes a loss of blood flow to part of the brain, leading to brain tissue damage.
White’s agent and friend, Jeff Witjas, told People, “Even though Betty was about to be 100, I thought she would live forever. 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.”
‘Jeopardy!’ Pays Tribute To The Late Betty White
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On Instagram, “Jeopardy!” posted a series of clues. In the caption, they wrote, “Betty White is always the correct response.”
One of the clues read, “She became the 1st woman to win an Emmy for hosting a game show, for her ‘Just Men!’ series in 1983.”
Another clue read, “At 88, she became the oldest primetime Emmy winner ever, taking the prize for hosting ‘Saturday Night Live.’”
“This TV ‘Golden Girl’ was nominated for the first ‘Best Actress’ Emmy in 1950 but lost to Gertrude Berg,” another clue read.
“This ‘Golden Place’ actress won the James Herriot Award for inspiring public concern for animals,” said another clue.
The final clue read, “She appeared as a celebrity player on ‘Password” and went on to marry its host.”
Fans Absolutely Loved The Touching Tribute To The Late ‘Golden Girls’ Alum
Betty White is always the correct response ❤️ pic.twitter.com/ilVY2hX223
— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) January 16, 2022
The post received over 4,000 likes in the first hour of being posted.
“Best tribute to a long life well-lived,” one fan wrote.
“Betty was 99 and it still wasn’t long enough,” another fan commented.
“Betty White a truly iconic,” said another. “A class act her entire life.”
“R.I.P. Betty,” another fan commented.
“Thank you for being a friend,” wrote another.
Fans Are Joining In On The Betty White Challenge!
Excellent idea! Betty White was a lifelong advocate for animals of every variety. ❤️
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— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) January 5, 2022
On Betty White’s birthday, fans have decided to do some good in the late actress’ name and start the #BettyWhiteChallenge. The Betty White Challenge reads: “On Betty White’s birthday, January 17th, everyone should pick a local rescue or animal shelter in your area and donate just $5 in Betty White’s name. Make her 100th birthday the moment she deserves.”
Fans have already jumped in to start spreading awareness of the challenge.
Walked into a shelter to give a Betty White donation, walked out with a shepherd/Malinois for my daughter. pic.twitter.com/A2CbTc7BrR
— Jlt666 🏳️🌈🏳️⚧️ (@666jlt) January 16, 2022
.@DannyEstewART & I are inspired to take the Betty White Challenge to donate to the @VHSanimalrescue in honour of what would been Betty’s 100th birthday on Jan 17. Pls share & Join us – they do great work. Thank you. https://t.co/XEhlB45uGB pic.twitter.com/kyoVoXzGo7
— Stephen Andrew (@Stephen_Andrew) January 15, 2022
I just donated to Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association //lazoo.wedid.it #BettyWhiteChallenge
— rhiannon (@reignsandmox) January 16, 2022
— Town of Islip (@TownofIslip) January 12, 2022
Tomorrow! We will be honouring #BettyWhite by taking part in the #BettyWhiteChallenge and donating to @CambHumaneSoc and @Farleyfndation. Please consider donating in her honour. 🐾🥰 https://t.co/PEtQ2PXm1d
— Jayne Herring (@CambridgeJayne) January 16, 2022
— Lady Dirtbag (@ConnollyLillie) January 16, 2022
AC&C honors Betty White via the #BettyWhiteChallenge now through January 19. It urges fans to donate $5+ to a local animal shelter in her name & help support shelter animals in your community.
Give a gift at https://t.co/vohe8Kkjpn
Enter “Betty White Challenge” in the comment box pic.twitter.com/R2nTbTum4A
— CMPD Animal Care&Control (@animalscmpd) January 16, 2022