DEVELOPING STORY: Betty White, one of the nation’s most beloved actresses, has died. She was 99-years-old.
TMZ reports that White passed away at her home Friday just before 9:30 a.m.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … Betty passed away at her home just before 9:30 AM Friday.
“Even though Betty was about to be 100, I thought she would live forever,” her agent and close friend Jeff Witjas tells PEOPLE in a statement on Friday. “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.”
A trailblazer and pioneer in media, Betty had the longest running career for any woman in TV prior to her death — starring in multiple shows over the past 8 decades, starting way back in 1939.
Betty is perhaps most famous for her lead role as Rose Nylund in “The Golden Girls,” which ran from 1985 to 1992. She also starred in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”
“A warm and popular presence on the small screen, White’s career dated back to the early days of the medium and spanned decades. Long before her hilarious turns on The Mary Tyler Moore Show in the ’70s and The Golden Girls in the ’80s, in 1952 she appeared in the I Love Lucy-like Life with Elizabeth, a show she also produced. the magazine recalled.
A nationwide theatrical event of “Betty White: 100 Years Young — A Birthday Celebration,” was scheduled for Jan. 17, which would have been her 100th birthday.
The one-day-only movie event is set to highlight moments the actress had during her career with appearances by Ryan Reynolds, Tina Fey, Robert Redford, and Morgan Freeman.
But she will always be remembered as the loveable and hilarious Rose Nylund on “Golden Girls.” Thank you for being our friend.