Just a week after Betty White’s passing sent shock waves across Hollywood, the cause of her death at the age of 99 has been listed as a cerebrovascular accident.
According to his death certificate obtained by TMZ on Monday, The Golden Girls star suffered a stroke six days before she died peacefully in her sleep at her home.
While a stroke can cause permanent brain damage and long-term disability, sources told the outlet that White was ‘alert and consistent’ after the incident.
Devastating: Just a week after Betty White’s passing sent shockwaves across Hollywood, her cause of death at age 99 is listed as a cerebrovascular accident
An insider confirmed to People that the beloved sitcom actress had a ‘mild stroke’, but reiterated that she ‘died peacefully in her sleep.’
White made a name for herself as Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and cemented her star status with TV’s The Golden Girls and Hot in Cleveland.
Her death was announced by longtime agent Jeff Vitjas, who told The Associated Press that she was not suffering from any diagnosable illness.
Cause of Death: The Golden Girls star suffered a stroke six days before she died peacefully in her sleep at her home, according to her death certificate obtained by TMZ on Monday.
“I never really thought she was going to die,” Vitjas said. ‘She meant the world to me as a friend. She was the most positive person I have ever known.
Before her passing, Betty had participated in a film celebrating her 100th birthday, which was set to hit a handful of theaters on January 17.
The producers of Betty White: 100 Years Young said in a statement following her passing, however, that they would “move on” with plans to release the film as a special on her 100th birthday.
While a stroke can cause permanent brain damage and long-term disability, sources told the outlet that White was ‘alert and consistent’ after the incident; Flowers and moments pictured at the top of the Hollywood Walk of Fame star following news of his death
On 28 December, she tweeted: ‘My 100th birthday… I can’t believe it’s coming, and People Magazine is celebrating with me! The new issue of @People will be available tomorrow on newsstands nationwide.
Writer John Levitt joked: ‘You have to admit, an entire magazine dedicated to your 100th birthday is hitting the racks and then dying before that birthday is excellent comic timing.’
President Joe Biden tweeted tribute to the star: ‘Betty White brought a smile to the lips of generations of Americans.
In January 2020, a day before his 98th birthday, he was photographed running away in public with his driver. The star spent the remainder of last year, and the entire 2021, battling COVID.
Shortly after that outing, she began limiting contact with others to avoid the virus. When it first escalated, she said she was ‘resting during her quarantine’ at her residence in Los Angeles.
The star’s essential chores, such as grocery, were being taken care of so that she did not have to leave her home. Additionally, she was coming into contact with ‘only those who were equally alert to the virus’ and who respected her state’s stay-at-home orders.
White was known for his optimism and positivity.
White once said in an interview with Fox News, ‘I’ve always been a cocky optimist. ‘I got this from my mother. I will live with it.’
On his 96th birthday, he credited “vodka and hot dogs” for his longevity and said the trips up and down the stairs of his two-story home kept him in shape.
Most importantly, she said: ‘It is your attitude towards life that matters. If you take yourself lightly and don’t take yourself too seriously, very soon you can find humor in our daily lives.’
When she was awarded the Guinness World Record for the longest TV career for a female entertainer in 2014, she said: ‘I have no regrets at all. None. I consider myself the luckiest old man with two legs.’
In a statement released last Friday, White’s agent said she was never afraid to die because she “wanted always to be with her dearest husband, Alan Luden.” She believed that she would be with him again’ (the couple is pictured together in 1974)
White was born on January 17, 1922, in Oak Park, Illinois.
Her legal name, Betty, is not a shortened version of ‘Elizabeth’ as her parents did not want their daughter to be saddled with any derivatives and surnames such as Beth, Liza and Ellie.
White was an only child and loved it, recalling her blissful childhood as a young girl who was ‘spoiled, but taught to appreciate it.’
Her family moved to Los Angeles in 1923 when she was just over a year old. He attended Beverly Hills High School and although he was interested in theatre, he said, his dream was to become a zookeeper or forest ranger. He wrote in his autobiography, ‘The problem was that at that time a girl was not allowed to be single.
He began his entertainment career in radio in the late 1930s and made his television debut on an experimental channel in Los Angeles by 1939.
After serving in the American Women’s Voluntary Service, which helped support the American effort during World War II, she was a regular five-hour live variety show on television in 1949 on Hollywood.