In a year we all hoped would turn out better than the debacle that was 2020, the final day of 2021 has delivered its final blow: legendary actress and comedienne Betty White has died at age 99

That sound you hear is an entire nation collectively wailing, “Noooooooo!” 

White was just weeks shy of her Jan. 17th centennial birthday—in fact, she’s on the cover of this week’s People magazine talking about that upcoming milestone—and she tweeted about it just three days ago. 

White’s agent and friend Jeff Witjas told People Magazine in a statement Friday: “Even though Betty was about to be 100, I thought she would live forever.”

Same, Jeff. Same. 

White’s entertainment career spanned nine (NINE!) decades—an 8-year-old Betty got her start in radio, and eventually moved on to countless roles on television and film. She cemented her place in America’s hearts with roles like Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rose Nylund on Golden Girls, and Elka Ostrovsky on Hot in Cleveland.  

But more than that, White was something of a national darling. Her upbeat personality, quick wit, and beaming smile endeared her to millions over the years. You always knew you could count on Betty White to make you smile. 

The tributes and memories of the Hollywood legend are already pouring in on social media: 

Rest in peace, Betty—and thanks for the laughs. 

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