Betty White’s longtime assistant is speaking out in the wake of the Hollywood legend’s death on Friday at age 99 – and issued a poignant message about how the late actress and “Golden Girl” should be honored in her absence.
“I’ve been reading a lot of the media coverage, and people seem really fixated on speculating about the way Betty died,” White’s assistant Kiersten Mikelas began in a statement to Fox News Digital on Tuesday.
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“Wouldn’t it be wonderful if people put that much time into focusing on how she LIVED and, moreover incorporating a little of her philosophy into their OWN lives???,” Mikelas opined.
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“Be kind. Be kind to another person, to another animal, to the planet,” Mikelas pressed in the memorandum. “THAT is the BEST way to honor Betty White. Certainly, the legacy of a life well-lived is worth more attention than the moments before that life ended.”
In a statement to People magazine, the late star’s agent and close friend Jeff Witjas said: “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.
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“She died of natural causes. Her death should not be politicized – that is not the life she lived,” Witjas said.
The star would have turned 100 on Jan. 17.
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After a further inquiry into the aura White illuminated away from the limelight, Mikelas added, “She was everything you’d hope… and more.”