Just a few weeks ago, "Golden Girls" star Betty White told People that she was "so lucky to be in such good health and feel so good at [her] age." The beloved actress was even getting excited to celebrate her 100th birthday on January 17, 2022.
However, it was reported by TMZ that White died at her home on Friday, December 31 at the age of 99, just shy of the new year.
Just the day before, news publications were reporting on White's "good health" and interview with People where she joked that her former "The Proposal" co-star Ryan Reynolds still had a crush on her.
White even said, "I've heard Ryan can't get over his thing for me, but Robert Redford is The One." The "Deadpool" actor even carried on the joke on his Twitter, saying, "I'm absolutely sick of the media exploiting past relationships just to drive clicks." With such good-natured humor and positive attitude for the future, no one would have expected White would die just a few days before her big birthday.
1. Betty White died of natural causes
While Betty White may have been close to her 100th birthday at the time of her death, many fans were shocked of the news on Friday. The actress and comedian seemed to be in relatively good health. She even told People the key to living a long and healthy life was to "always find the positive," which is something she got from her mother.
According to TMZ, a source said that White wasn't feeling ill at the time of her death or battling any ailment, which points to natural causes as the cause of death. It was also reported that since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, White hadn't been leaving her home that much and a rep even said that, "No one [was] permitted in [her home] except those who must" be there (via New York Post).
The day her death was announced, the Los Angeles Police Department tweeted out that the preliminary investigation into White's cause of death was revealed to be a natural cause of death. The statement also mentioned that "there was no evidence of foul play."
2. Betty White's diet was something to aspire to
Just before her death, Betty White did an exclusive interview with People where she discussed her secrets to a happy and long life. The actress, who was about to turn 100, said that she was "so lucky to be in such good health and feel so good at [her] age." While keeping a positive attitude was number one on her list for staying healthy, the "Golden Girls" star also joked that her good health was due to her diet, which consisted of avoiding "anything green."