Hollywood Legend Betty White Dies at 99

Betty White at the
Betty White at the "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" film premiere in 2012. Photo by Broadimage/Shutterstock (1620413c)

Betty White, the legendary actress who will always be remembered for her light humor and charm, passed away at the age of 99. The death of the Golden Girls star took Hollywood by storm and many of her past collaborators paid tribute to the comedy icon and sent condolences to her family.

White died just weeks shy of her 100th birthday at her home in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles. Her passing was announced in a statement shared by her agent Jeff Witjas.

“Even though Betty was about to be 100, I thought she would live forever…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,” said Witjas to PEOPLE.

White’s death sent shockwaves through Hollywood because she was one of the biggest comedy stars of her generation, whose career spend spanned eight decades. Ryan Reynolds, Sandra Bullock, Reese Witherspoon, Viola Davis, and Robert Redford were only some of the countless stars who bid her farewell.

Betty White became a household name during the ’70s while starring on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and went on to find an even bigger success with Golden Girls. Her filmography also includes the sitcom Hot in Cleveland, the movie The Proposal, and a long list of voice roles.