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Betty White dead at 99, just weeks before milestone birthday

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Beloved actor and female role model Betty White has died at the age of 99 according to TMZ, just weeks before her milestone 100th birthday.

TMZ stated a source close to White said she did not have any sudden illness and her death is believed to be from natural causes.

White died just before 9:30 a.m. on Friday at her home.

White was an inspiration to many and a beloved pioneer, holding the longest running career of any woman in television, a journey which began in 1939.

She has been nominated for several Golden Globes over her career and has been honored with multiple Lifetime Achievement Awards through various organizations.

White would have celebrated her 100th birthday on Jan. 17.

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