Due to her age and health, television icon Betty White spent the last of her golden years in a west Los Angeles home she reportedly didn’t really want to live in.
The five-bedroom six-bathroom home in the southern California city of Brentwood was where she died peacefully in her sleep on Friday just weeks before her 100th birthday.
If age hadn’t been a factor, she most likely would have stayed in the oceanfront home in Carmel, California that she and her late husband, Allen Ludden, built after purchasing the land in 1978, according to a trending article in The New York Post.
“She never wanted to leave her home in Carmel, but was forced to for at-home care,” The New York Post reported. “Los Angeles was more accessible.”
“If she had it her way, Betty would’ve lived and died in [her Carmel] home. It’s the home she shared with her husband, it’s where she felt more comfortable.”
Her 1952-built Brentwood home sits on about three-quarters of an acre with a modest 3,000 square foot home painted white with yellow shutters, according to Realtor.com.
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) responded to White’s home on Friday around 9:30 a.m. concerning “a natural death investigation.”
“Foul play was not suspected,” LAPD spokesman Mike Lopez told the Post.
Although she passed in her Southern California home, in 2017 White gave a cute and quirky on-air tour of her preferred Carmel abode.
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“Oh, hi there! I’m Betty White. Welcome to my crib,” White said as she welcomed her audience into her 3,600 square-foot two-bedroom and five-bathroom central California home.
As she showed off her refrigerator including energy drinks and gluten-free mac and cheese, a look of guilt swept over her as she sheepishly tried to explain that the enormous pile of hot dogs was “for the dogs.”
She shared both her Brentwood and Carmel homes with a number of stuffed animals as she revealed in her 2011 book, “If You Ask Me.”
“You won’t be surprised to learn that I love stuffed animals,” White wrote. “Both at my home in Los Angeles and at my house in Carmel there is a special room devoted to them, filled to capacity. I especially love the exotic ones — there is an anteater, a rhinoceros, a beluga whale, an armadillo, a bear — not a Teddy, a grizzly — the list goes on.”
Just when you thought she couldn’t be more charming, she disclosed that she spoke to them too.
“I never enter that room without speaking to the animals,” she explained. “[I say], ‘Hi guys!’ And I never leave it without saying, ‘See you later. I love you.’ Out loud!”
White’s death was confirmed by her close friend and agent Jeff Witjas who explained on Friday that “Betty died peacefully in her sleep at her home early this morning.”
“Even though Betty was about to be 100, I thought she would live forever,” Witjas said in a statement to People. “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.”
The actress made her debut in 1939 and continued her career into her 90’s. She is well known for her comedic hilarity appearing in the 1970s on “The Mary Tyler Moor Show” and as Rose Nylund on the seven seasons of “The Golden Girls” which premiered in 1985.
Betty White spent a lifetime making others laugh, she wouldn’t want you to be sad tonight.
‘I have no regrets at all. None. I consider myself to be the luckiest old broad on two feet.’ – Betty White
Goodnight, Golden Girl#ripbettywhite #BettyWhite pic.twitter.com/TEnWBDZcXv
— The Sting (@TSting18) December 31, 2021
On Friday afternoon, some of White’s many fans paid their respects outside of her Brentwood home.
“We were hoping she would make it to 100,” Los Angeles resident Michael Douglas, 37, told The Post while donning a “Golden Girls” face mask. “She was so sweet and caring. She was America’s grandmother. I saw my grandma in her. Our parents grew up watching her, and then we grew up watching her shows. I’m just very sad.”
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