Betty White's manager slams rumors late actress died at 99 after complications from Covid booster shot

BETTY White's manager hit back at rumors the iconic actress passed away due to complications from the Covid booster shot.

The Golden Girls star died just weeks before her 100th birthday.

The actress' agent and close friend Jeff Witjas said in a new statement: "Betty 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.

"She died of natural causes. Her death should not be politicized — that is not the life she lived."

Previously, Jeff confirmed to the Associated Press that Betty did not receive a booster shot on December 28, after some people falsely claimed the star said, "Eat healthy and get all your vaccines. I just got boosted today."

Jeff also confirmed the TV star's passing to People, revealing she died at her home on New Year's Eve: "Even though Betty was about to be 100, I thought she would live forever.

"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."

Following the news, fans and celebs rushed to pay tribute to the legendary actress.

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Ryan Reynolds shared a touching post about Betty, just one day after quipping that he had a "past relationship" with her.

He wrote: "The world looks different now. She was great at defying expectations. She managed to grow very old and somehow, not old enough. We’ll miss you, Betty. Now you know the secret."

Vaccine effectiveness & Omicron

Expert studies have shown that the risk of severe illness from Covid-19 is reduced by 90 percent or more among people who are fully vaccinated.

While there are breakthrough cases of Covid among people who are vaccinated, they are rare.

In the event of a breakthrough case, victims are highly unlikely to be hospitalized with severe or deadly symptoms from the virus.

Health officials have advised that the Omicron variant is more infectious and could lead to further breakthrough cases.

Yet the spread can be offset by all vaccinated Americans receiving a booster shot.

Current vaccines are expected to protect against severe illness, hospitalizations, and deaths due to infection with the Omicron variant.

With other variants, like Delta, vaccines have remained effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalizations, and death.

Studies have also shown that side effects from the vaccine are extremely rare.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Andy Cohen also added: "Tonight we will raise MANY glasses to the WONDERFUL legacy of Betty White!!!"

In a final tweet before her death, Betty said: "My 100th birthday… I cannot believe it is coming up."

She had enlisted some of her famous friends to celebrate her 100th birthday on January 17, a celebration that will go on.


Betty recently opened up about her health in a rare interview and revealed that she remains in tiptop condition because she maintains a positive outlook on life.

"I'm so lucky to be in such good health and feel so good at this age, It's amazing," she told PEOPLE.

She admitted that she "born a cockeyed optimist" which is imperative to her upbeat nature.

Betty continued: "I got it from my mom, and that never changed. I always find the positive."

Betty's career started as a radio personality in Los Angeles in the 1930s, however, you became a household name with her role as Rose Nylund in the '80s sitcom The Golden Girls.

She is likely to be buried alongside her late husband Allen Ludden’s humble Wisconsin grave.

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