Betty White's LAST photo? Aide shares 'radiant' pic taken just 11 days before her death
Betty White's assistant uploaded a photo of the late icon to remember the actress on what would have been her 100th birthday
Betty White's assistant thanked fans for their immense love as she remembered the television icon on what would have been her 100th birthday. Kiersten Mikelas uploaded a photo of White, who died on December 31 at the age of 99. The Emmy winner's cause of death was described as a cerebrovascular accident. Looking radiant in a bright green costume, 'The Golden Girls' alum was photographed sitting on a flowery couch, smiling with her hands folded on her lap.
Mikelas wrote on the star's official Facebook page, "Hello Everyone! It's Kiersten. Betty's Assistant. On this special day, I wanted to share this photo of Betty. It was taken on 12/20/21. I believe it's one of the last photos of her. She was radiant and beautiful and as happy as ever. Thanks to all of you who are doing kind things today and every day to make the world a better place." She finished with a heart emoji.
Notable Hollywood stars like Morgan Freeman also sent heartfelt comments for White on her big day. The actor said on Twitter, posting a photo of himself on stage with White, “Life is precious, and so are the friends that we meet along the way, Happy Heavenly Birthday tomorrow Betty White! You will always be treasured!” Google also paid tribute to White on her birthday by sprinkling rose petals on its search page, a homage to Rose, her character from 'The Golden Girls'.
Thousands of people have taken part in the #BettyWhiteChallenge to celebrate White on what would have been her centenary birthday. Following the star's death, the challenge gained traction on social media, with supporters encouraged to donate $5 to shelters, rescues, and other groups on what would have been her 100th birthday. Outside of her job and family, White's main interest was animals. The actress, who rescued countless dogs throughout the years, began volunteering with the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association in 1966 and was elected to the board of trustees in 1974.
Life is precious, and so are the friends that we meet along the way. Happy Heavenly Birthday tomorrow Betty White! You will always be treasured! pic.twitter.com/0Q31oH72A4— Morgan Freeman (@morgan_freeman) January 16, 2022
She also had a long and noteworthy relationship with the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which is planning to commemorate the actress by naming its planned giving program after her. White was also named the City of Los Angeles' "Ambassador to the Animals" in 2006 for her lifelong commitment to animal protection. White was awarded the James Smithson Bicentennial Medal in 2017 for her passion for wildlife and efforts to establish a sustainable world, notably via her charity work with zoos and animal rescues.