Betty White dead at 99 • Long Beach Post News

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White died in her Brentwood home, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. A death investigation unit responded to the home around 9:30 a.m. Friday morning and reported that she had died of natural causes and there was no evidence of foul play.

White’s agent and close friend Jeff Witjas confirmed her death to Variety, saying in a statement, “Even though Betty was about to turn 100, I thought she would live forever.

“I will miss her terribly, as will the animal world she loved so much. I don’t think Betty was ever afraid of dying because she always wanted to be with her most beloved husband Allen Ludden. ‘she would be with him again.

Flowers will be placed on White’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, 6747 Hollywood Blvd., at 4 p.m. Friday, according to the Hollywood Historic Trust. White was honored with her star on the Walk of Fame in the Television category on February 18, 1988. Her star is next to that of her late husband, Allen Ludden.

“The Hollywood community and fans around the world are mourning the tremendous loss of our Golden Girl, Betty White, who has given so many of us so much joy over the years,” said Walk of Fame producer Ana Martinez in a statement on behalf of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

Although her star and her late husband’s star Allen Ludden are side by side, it helps to know that she is now with her husband, whom she loved so much. We extend our sincere condolences to her family. -she rest in peace. “

White is on the cover of the latest issue of People Magazine, which hit newsstands Wednesday. She took to Twitter on Tuesday to announce it.

“My 100th birthday… I can’t believe it’s approaching, and People Magazine are celebrating it with me! The new issue of @people is available on newsstands across the country tomorrow. “

The magazine cited White on its key to staying optimistic, as being “born a flirtatious optimist.” She added: “I got it from my mom, and that has never changed… I always find the positive.”

Celebrities started tweeting after news of White’s death was announced. Henry Winkler wrote, saying it is “very difficult to absorb that you are no longer there … Thank you for your humor, your warmth and your activism”. White’s ‘Hot in Cleveland’ co-star Valerie Bertinelli posted on Twitter: “Rest in peace, sweet Betty. My God, how bright the sky must be right now.

Seth Myers tweeted, “RIP Betty White, the only SNL host I have ever seen receive a standing ovation at the after party. A party at which she ordered a vodka and a hot dog and stayed until the end.

Ryan Reynolds tweeted, “The world is different now. She was good at defying expectations. She managed to get very old and somehow not old enough. We will miss you, Betty. Now you know the secret.

Born January 17, 1922 in Oak Park, Ill., Just outside of Chicago, Betty Marion White moved with her family to Southern California as a child and graduated from Beverly Hills High School. . She bypassed college to pursue a career in radio and went to television in the 1950s, co-hosting “The Al Jarvis Show,” a 5.5-hour daily live broadcast on what is now KCOP. -TV Channel 13.

White has appeared on numerous hit shows for over 60 years, including “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” as Sue-Ann in the 1970s – which won her a pair of Emmy awards – and as Rose in “The Golden Girls,” which ran from 1985 to 1992, where she won three more Emmy Awards. White has won a total of seven Emmy Awards and received 20 nominations during his career. She also won SAG Awards in 2011 and 2012 for “Hot in Cleveland,” a show in which she was hired for a guest role on the Pilot but was continued as a series regular.

White was also an animal welfare advocate, working for organizations such as the Los Angeles Zoo Commission, the Morris Animal Foundation, the African Wildlife Foundation, and Actors & Others for Animals.

The Los Angeles Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (spcaLA) issued a statement Friday afternoon, saying the organization was “saddened by the death of Betty White, American actress and activist. Ms White was an animal lover and has worked closely with the spcaLA to promote their humane treatment since the 1940s.

Madeline Bernstein, president of spcaLA, said in the statement: “Betty and I would joke that she would outlive us all. She was inspired to lend her fame for giving a voice to animals and brought a lot of attention to the cause of animal welfare. Our lifelong friend will be missed.

The statement credited White with participating in spcaLA telethons which have raised funds for programs and services, made public service announcements, and raised funds to build the spcaLA PD Pitchford Companion Animal Village & Education Center in Long Beach, “which has provided adoption and enrichment services to thousands of homeless animals since it opened in 2001.”

“Mrs. White’s legacy will continue in the work of the spcaLA to fulfill its mission of preventing cruelty to animals through intervention, law enforcement, education and advocacy,” said the release. “Anyone wishing to make a donation in honor of Betty White can do so at spcaLA.com/donate. “

SpcaLA spokeswoman Ana Busstilloz said White actively raised funds for the village, donated for its construction and attended its opening in 2001.

“It was no surprise that she came to our aid when we set out to build the Village,” said Busstilloz.

Editor Anthony Pignataro contributed to this story.

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