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Betty White tells fans to ‘stick around’ in video recorded for 100th birthday



Betty White tells fans to ‘stick around’ in video recorded for 100th birthday

Betty White’s team released a short video on Friday that the beloved star recorded just 11 days before her death at age 99.

The sentimental message was uploaded to White’s official Facebook page and had been taped in anticipation of what would have been her milestone 100th birthday.

“I just want to thank you all for your love and support over the years,” the “Golden Girls” star said, sounding frail but upbeat. “Thank you so much, and stick around!”

Alongside the video, White’s assistant, Kiersten Mikelas, wrote a message lauding fans for taking on the #BettyWhiteChallenge, which involved donating $5 to an animal cause in honor of White, who was a staunch animal lover.

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“Good morning! As we continue to see number [sic] coming in from all over the world — it’s just absolutely amazing how much money all of you raised for the animals through #thebettywhitechallenge,” Mikelas wrote. “She could never have imagined such an outpouring of love and would have be [sic] so grateful to everyone.”

Betty White in December 2021.
Betty White sounded frail but upbeat in a video recorded weeks before her death.
Facebook/ Betty White

Mikelas went on to explain that White had filmed two videos on Dec. 20 — the one posted on Friday and another that appeared in “Betty White: A Celebration,” a that was only available to watch in theaters on Jan. 17, the actress’ birthday.

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“When we recorded her special message to fans who attended the movie, we also recorded one that we had planned to put on on her birthday,” Mikelas wrote. “She was using the occasion of her 100th birthday to celebrate YOU – her fans. She knew how lucky she was; she felt the love, and she never took it for granted. I think it’s appropriate to post today as a thank from Betty and the animals ❤️.”

Betty White holding a parrot.
White was famous for her devotion to animals.
Getty Images

Mikelas previously celebrated White’s life and legacy by posting a sweet photo of the Emmy winner that was taken the same day as the videos.

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“On this special day, I wanted to share this photo of Betty,” she wrote on Facebook on Jan. 17. “It was taken on 12/20/21. I believe it’s one of the last photos of her. She was radiant and beautiful and as happy as ever.”

The showbiz legend, who worked in Hollywood for more than eight decades, died at her California home on Dec. 31.

Her cause of death was a stroke, which she had suffered on Christmas Day, according to a death certificate released earlier this month.

Betty White tells fans to ‘stick around’ in video recorded for 100th birthday

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