THE Golden Girls actress Betty White has passed away aged 99, according to reports.
It comes only weeks before the icon’s milestone 100th birthday.
Sources told TMZ that the star passed away of natural causes at her home on the morning of New Year’s Eve.
They added that she did not have any sudden illness and was not battling a particular ailment.
Born in Oak Park, Illinois, on January 17, 1922, White’s career started as a radio personality in Los Angeles in the 1930s.
Her career skyrocketed with her role as Rose Nylund in the ’80s sitcom The Golden Girls.
What Was the Betty White Cause of Death?
Betty White Cause of Death: Natural Death
Just days before her death, White gushed over celebrating her 100th birthday in a heartbreaking last post.
“My 100th birthday… I cannot believe it is coming up,” she wrote.
Fans took to Twitter to recount their own experiences with the celebrated actress and television personality.
“The highlight of my eighth grade trip to DC was hearing a rumor that Betty White was on site at the National Zoo, finding her riding on a golf cart, and running alongside it with half my 300+ kid class,” said Isaac Schorr.
“I had the pleasure and I do mean pleasure, of waiting on Betty White almost weekly for years,” said comedian Patrick O’Sullivan.
“She started every meal with a Ketel One Rocks.”