Golden Girls star Betty White died of a stroke, according to reports in the United States.
TMZ report that the cause of death for the 99-year-old actress has been listed on the death certificate as a cerebrovascular accident.
The media outlet announced that Betty had been coherent in the days before her death and reportedly suffered a stroke six days before peacefully passing away in her sleep at home.
Since her death, one of her former co-stars, actress Vicki Lawrence, remembered her late friend and revealed her sweet final words.
Vicki starred with Betty on American TV sitcom Mama’s Family, which aired throughout the 1980s, and she told PageSix that she contacted co-star and friend Carol Burnett as soon as she heard the news about Betty’s death.
The 72-year-old star recalls texting Carol to express how much it “sucks” when “people you love so much” sadly die.
Vicki said: “Carol wrote back and said, ‘I know, I know. I spoke to Betty’s assistant, who was with her when she passed, and she said the very last word out of her mouth was ‘Allen’.”
She added: “How sweet is that? I said, ‘That is so sweet. God, I hope that’s true. For all of us, I really hope it’s true, a lovely thought’.”
Betty, whose late husband was Allen Ludden, played the role of Ellen Harper-Jackson on the hit comedy – a character described as “a self-centred, haughty, pretentious social elitist”.
Remembering filming with her on-screen daughter, Vicki told PageSix: “Betty was just the perfect playmate.
“And I have to say this, she was incredibly professional. I don’t remember her ever not being prepared or ever messing up her lines.”
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