Legendary actress Betty White passed away 6 days after suffering a stroke, according to her death certificate, obtained by TMZ.

Betty's cause of death is listed as a cerebrovascular accident (CVA), which is caused by blood clots or a ruptured blood vessel that results in a lack of blood flow to part of the brain.


TMZ reports The Golden Girls TV sitcom star died "peacefully in her sleep" at her home on December 31, 2021, less than 3 weeks before she would have celebrated her 100th birthday.

A movie honoring the milestone, "Betty White: 100 Years Young -- A Birthday Celebration" will still be released. It features White's friends and colleagues, including Ryan Reynolds, Tina Fey, Robert Redford, Lin Manuel-Miranda, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Jay Leno, Carol Burnett, Jimmy Kimmel, and more.


Betty White has passed away just weeks before her 100th birthday. The Golden Girls actress passed away at home on the morning of New Year's Eve, TMZ reports.

White's television career spanned nine decades, and she was among the first women in Hollywood to be a force in front of and behind the camera.


White was best known for her roles as Sue Ann Nivens on the CBS sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1973–1977) and as Rose Nylund on the NBC sitcom The Golden Girls (1985–1992).

White won eight Emmy Awards, a Grammy Award and she has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Betty Marion White was born in Oak Park, Illinois, on January 17, 1922. She confirmed that Betty is her legal name and not a short version of Elizabeth.

White's earliest work in entertainment was in 1930 when she was an eight year old radio star.


In 1952, she began hosting Hollywood on Television and co-founded her own Bandy Productions company. She hosted her own Betty White Show in 1954.

She hosted the nationally syndicated Life with Elizabeth from 1952 to 1955, becoming one of the few women in television with full creative control in front of and behind the camera.

In the 1960s, White was a frequent guest on network game shows and talk shows, including both eras of The Tonight Show, hosted by Jack Paar and later Johnny Carson.

In 1973, White made several appearances in the fourth season of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, as the "man-hungry" Sue Ann Nivens.

During a writer's meeting, Moore reportedly said, "We need somebody who can play sickeningly sweet, like Betty White," which resulted in White being cast permanently as herself. She won her second and third Emmy Awards on the show.


Betty White became the last surviving cast member of the Mary Tyler Moore Show when cast member Ed Asner died on August 29, 2021.

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The View co-host Joy Behar is taking a temporary leave of absence from the daytime talk show amid concerns over the coronavirus outbreak in America.

Behar says she walked away from the show to self-quarantine at home because she's in a "higher risk group" of catching the potentially deadly illness.

The coronavirus, dubbed Covid-19, causes mild flu-like symptoms in most healthy adults and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) or potentially fatal pneumonia in the elderly population over age 60.

Those most at risk are the elderly, people with chronic conditions (such as respiratory or heart problems), smokers and young people who vape.

The 77-year-old announced on Thursday, during a pre-taped episode of the show which airs on Friday, that she made the decision after reading the statistics about how many people in her age group have fallen ill and died from the virus.

"I'm in a higher risk group because of my age, but I'm perfectly healthy," she said. "I don't look my age, but I'm actually up there. The number makes me dizzy."

Joy added that while no staff members on the program have tested positive for coronavirus, her daughter urged her to stay at home to be safe.

Behar will take next week off, and will then make a decision about returning to the show.

Her co-hosts, such as Whoopi Goldberg, Meghan McCain, and Sunny Hostin, will continue hosting the program, without a live audience in a bid to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Talk show Diva Wendy Williams, 55, also tapes her talk show without a live audience.

Another star fans have expressed concern for during the pandemic is 98-year-old 'Golden Girls' icon Betty White.

"PLEASE quarantine #BettyWhite. I'll send all my sanitizer if it means keeping our national treasure safe #CoronavirusOutbreak," one fan wrote on Twitter, while another added: "Will someone please wrap #BettyWhite in a sterile bubble till this damn virus passes!!!!"

Following the outpouring of messages from fans, Betty's spokesperson responded in a statement to NBC's Today, which read: "Betty White is fine."

I missed Jay Z and Betty White on Saturday Night Live over the weekend (I don't watch much TV), but I hear the ratings for the 35th anniversary of SNL was through the roof!

I'm sure the ratings weren't affected in the least by Jigga's appearance on the show -- though he may think he had something to do with it. No, the ratings bonanza was all Betty White's doing. SNL's execs caved under the pressure after legions of Betty's fans signed a Facebook petition to get the 80-year-old "Golden Girls" star on the show.

Past SNL alumni also returned to make this episode one of the most watched in years!

Watch Betty's hilarious skits after the break!

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