Legendary entertainer Betty White, who died on the last day of 2021 at the age of 99, had suffered a stroke six days earlier, which doctors have identified as the cause of death.
The California death certificate issued by Dr. William A. Pullen, a private doctor in Santa Monica, states that White’s death occurred almost a week after a “cerebrovascular accident”.
The incident is listed as an “immediate cause” of her death.
The cause of death was first reported by TMZ on Monday. The beloved television star “The Golden Girls” died weeks before her 100th birthday, which she would have marked on January 17th.
Stroke is responsible for one in 19 deaths in the United States, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Los Angeles County coroner did not assume responsibility for the actor’s death, “and as such, we cannot speak to their reported cause of death or the circumstances that led to it,” Brian Elias, investigator for the chief coroner, told E -Mail.
White’s agent and friend Jeff Witjas said on Monday that he was “given that Betty fell asleep peacefully and without pain. This is the most important thing to me and comforts me as her friend.”
White had the longest career of any female television entertainer, officially: Guinness World Records confirmed it.
She began television in 1939 and has remained in the medium for generations in roles including appearances on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” (1973-1977), “The Golden Girls” (1985-1992) and “Hot in Cleveland” (2010 -2015).
She has been credited with being the first woman to star on the sitcom “Life With Elizabeth,” which aired from 1953 to 1955, an era that preceded pioneering civil rights legislation.
The 2018 documentary, Betty White: First Lady of Television, recounts her defense of the 1954 hiring of black tap dancer Arthur Duncan amid objections and threats to discontinue the show from some southern stations.
“He stays,” White said in the documentary. “Live with it!”