Betty White's Funeral Arrangements To Be Handled Privately, Star Didn't Want 'People To Make A Fuss' Over Her Passing
Beloved comedienne and actress Betty White will be laid to rest in a private funeral.
"The arrangements are being handled privately and that was Betty's wish," Jeff Witjas — the Golden Girls star's agent and dear friend — told People. "As in life, she never wanted people to make a fuss over her."
The Hollywood agent noted those who want to pay their respects to the late television personality may do so by choosing to donate to one or more of her favorite animal-themed charities "in her honor."
A Los Angeles "Ambassador to the Animals" and "honorary zookeeper", White had a special love in her heart for all creatures great and small, and supported the following organizations: The Los Angeles Zoo, Tree People, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Wildlife Learning Center, Actors and Animals for Others, The Aquarium of the Pacific and Guide Dogs For the Blind.
This comes days after OK! reported Witjas also confirmed his client's cause of death was natural, following obscure rumors that the Saturday Night Live host's passing had to do with receiving a booster shot.
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"Betty died peacefully in her sleep at her home," he stated to the outlet. "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."
"She never said that regarding the booster," he added, again addressing the rumors her death had to do with a vaccine. "Betty died of natural causes. She did not have the booster three days before she died."
The cultural icon sadly passed away at 99-years-old on Friday, December 31, less than 3 weeks before her 100th birthday.
Prior to her death, White had been excitedly preparing to film her birthday party as a part of a documentary by Steve Boettcher and Mike Trinklein — Betty White: 100 Years Young - A Birthday Celebration.
The doc was set to give fans a peek into the actress' day-to-day life at her California home, her journey as an animal activist, and behind the scenes moments on sets.