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Obituary: Betty White, TV’s “Golden Girl,” dead at 99

Betty White accepts the award for favorite TV icon at the People’s Choice Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Betty White, who delighted us on television and in film for more than eight-decades, has exited screen left. White died less than three weeks before her 100th birthday Friday.

Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Mike Lopez says that officers responded to a radio call Friday at about 9:30 a.m. concerning “a natural death investigation” at the 99-year-old’s home in Brentwood, Calif.

Her agent and close friend Jeff Witjas later confirmed the news to People magazine.

“Even though Betty was about to be 100, I thought she would live forever,” Witjas said in a statement.

“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’s sparkling career included iconic roles on “The Golden Girls” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” along with several film roles which led to her becoming a cultural icon in her 80s and 90s.

The eight-time Emmy winner had just spoken to People for this week’s issue celebrating what would have been her birthday and said that she was “in such good health.”

She will be missed.