2021 came to a sad end with the passing of actress and comedienne Betty White who died on New Year’s Eve. White passed away at her home just three weeks away from her 100th birthday. Rumors were circulating on social media about her cause of death, but on Monday White’s agent, Jeff Witjas, shut down those rumors and revealed her true cause of death.
In the hours following the announcement of Betty White’s death, it was being said that she had recently received a COVID booster shot and had died due to complications from the shot. But, in a statement made by her agent, he shared that she had died of natural causes and chastised those who were trying to politicize 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 said in a statement.
Witjas had previously said, “Even though Betty was about to be 100, I thought she would live forever. 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.”
Betty was married to game show host Allen Ludden from 1963 until his death in 1981. The couple met on the CBS game show Password, which ran from 1961 to 1967. Ludden was married to Martha McGloin when the show premiered and when he met Betty for the first time. During the show’s first season, Ludden’s wife died of cancer, leaving him to raise three children. Shortly after, Ludden fell in love with Betty, and she accepted his marriage proposal in 1963.
White, who had been married briefly twice before (to Dick Barker for less than a year, and Lane Allen for less than two years), was skeptical about marrying again. But, she eventually gave in to Ludden’s repeated offers of marriage and had no regrets about her decision.
In fact, Betty White never remarried after Allen Ludden’s death more than 40 years ago. In 2011, the actress told Anderson Cooper that she never remarried because “I had the love of my life. If you’ve had the best, who needs the rest?”
Hear Betty White talk to Larry King about her thoughts on death below.
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