In a separate announcement on Monday, her agent and close friend Jeff Witjas confirmed that Betty White died as a result of natural causes. The television icon died at the age of 99 on New Year’s Eve, according to her manager and friend Jeff Witjas, who stated that she passed away “peacefully in her sleep” at home.
However, untrue reports that White had a COVID-19 vaccination booster shot three days before her death began to spread on social media. This is not accurate, according to Witjas.
An image spread on social media and claimed that White said, “Eat healthy and get all your vaccines. I just got boosted today” on Dec. 28. This was a fabrication. “Betty never said this,” Witjas told the Associated Press.
However, he did not respond whether White received a booster shot before her death.
“Betty died peacefully in her sleep at her home. People are saying her death was related to getting a booster shot three days earlier but that is not true. She died of natural causes. Her death should not be politicized – that is not the life she lived,” Witjas continued in a statement to PEOPLE. “She never said that regarding the booster. Betty died of natural causes. She did not have the booster three days before she died.”
The fake quote was attributed to an article published by Crow River Media headlined, “Betty White: I’m lucky to still be in good health.” The version of the article that was published in PEOPLE Magazine, which included quotes from a COVID-19 vaccine story, never made any reference to it.
In his original statement on Dec. 31, Witjas said White “died peacefully” at her home. “Even though Betty was about to be 100, I thought she would live forever,” he told PEOPLE. “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.”
About Betty White
You probably know her as the adorable, funny, talented actress who makes us laugh on TV sitcoms and in movies. But you might not know that she has also made a huge impact on American pop culture. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why Betty White is so amazing:
She was born before women were able to vote, but now she inspires people around the world with her wit and wisdom. She played an iconic role in one of America’s favorite shows ever – The Mary Tyler Moore Show – which ran for seven seasons from 1970-1977. Her career spans over six decades and includes television, film, theater and radio work. And this year she celebrated 75 years in show business! It’s hard to imagine that at age 96 she can still dance, re-enacts classic scenes with other celebs and is always the life of the party.
The laughs don’t stop when the cameras turn off for Betty White. She has released several best selling DVDs of her comedy routines, including “The First 90 Years Are The Hardest,” and “I’m Not Dead…Yet!”. She has received countless awards throughout her lifetime, including five Emmys (one in 2010), a TV Land Award (two since 2009), and an honorary degree from the American Film Institute.
For all of these reasons and more – Betty White is one amazing woman.
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