Betty White Died Six Days After Suffering a Stroke: Death Certificate

By Isabel van Brugen
Isabel van Brugen
Isabel van Brugen
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Isabel van Brugen is an award-winning journalist and currently a news reporter at The Epoch Times. She holds a master's in newspaper journalism from City, University of London.
January 11, 2022 Updated: January 11, 2022

Comedic actress Betty White died six days after suffering a stroke, her death certificate states.

According to the certificate, which was obtained by The Associated Press, the beloved “Golden Girls” and “Mary Tyler Moore Show” actress died at her home in the Brentwood, Los Angeles, as the result of a Dec. 25 cerebrovascular accident, the medical term for a stroke.

No underlying causes or conditions were listed on White’s death certificate. The cause was provided by White’s doctor, as is typical in such cases.

Jeff Witjas, White’s longtime agent and friend, said she had been staying close to her home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I was told that Betty passed in her sleep peacefully without pain,” Witjas told Fox News Digital on Monday. “To me, that is the most important thing and brings me comfort as her dear friend.”

The information from the death certificate was first reported by TMZ which noted that her death was not reported to a coroner and that there was no autopsy or biopsy performed as of Jan. 7.

White died on Dec. 31 at her home in California, just weeks shy of her 100th birthday.

Witjas previously issued a statement saying that the late star “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,” Witjas said on Jan. 3. “She died of natural causes. Her death should not be politicized—that is not the life she lived.”

White, an award-winning actress, had a career that spanned more than eight decades. Her 100th birthday would have been on Jan. 17.

“Even though Betty was about to be 100, I thought she would live forever,” Witjas said on Dec. 31. “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.”

White was stepmother to Ludden’s three children, but never had any of her own biological children. The pair reportedly met after she appeared as a guest on the televised game show “Password,” where Ludden was the host, according to Romper.

On Jan. 17, White’s milestone birthday, the documentary “Betty White: A Celebration” will be screened nationwide. The film’s title was changed from “Betty White: 100 Years Young—A Birthday Celebration” after her death.

President Joe Biden, Mel Brooks, and many other celebrities and prominent leaders paid tribute to White after her death.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Isabel van Brugen
Isabel van Brugen is an award-winning journalist and currently a news reporter at The Epoch Times. She holds a master's in newspaper journalism from City, University of London.