American icon and legend Betty White has passed away just 17 days shy of her 100th birthday.
Upon the announcement, people began flocking to social media to note that she passed away on New Year’s Eve — one last kick in the teeth from a year that has been difficult for many.
Betty White has died at 99 years old.
2021 showed no mercy to the bitter end.#RIPBettyWhite…Thanks for the laughs.
— Keith Malinak (@KeithMalinak) December 31, 2021
THIS RAGGEDY BITCH 2021 DONE TOOK MY GIRL BETTY WHITE OUT
— 🚶🏿♂️ (@BlondeTremaine) December 31, 2021
Of course 2021 had to kill Betty White. Of course it did.
— Styxhexenhammer666 (@Styx666Official) December 31, 2021
TMZ reports that White passed away at her home just before 9:30 AM Friday, according to law enforcement sources.
White has been gracing movie and television audiences with her presence since 1939, but is perhaps best known for her role as Rose Nylund in “The Golden Girls,” which aired from 1985 to 1992.
TMZ’s report noted that White has 115 acting credits to her name, including productions like “Life with Elizabeth,” “Date with the Angels,” “The Love Boat,” “Mama’s Family,” “The Golden Palace,” “Ladies Man,” “That ’70s Show,” “Higglytown Heroes,” “Boston Legal,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Pound Puppies,” “Hot in Cleveland,” and many, many, many other shows and films.
White has been honored with 5 Primetime Emmy Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, American Comedy Awards and a Grammy.
The beloved actress was gearing up to celebrate her 100th birthday on January 17.
— Betty White (@BettyMWhite) December 28, 2021
People Magazine recently shot a cover story with White to celebrate the milestone.
I’m going BIG for my birthday – right to the BIG SCREEN! Get your tickets and join me by clicking here:https://t.co/qXoSO2BYM3
— Betty White (@BettyMWhite) December 17, 2021
A documentary celebrating the big birthday was also set to premiere on the 17th.