In the days following the passing of the iconic Golden Girls actress Betty White, malicious rumors began surfacing among anti-vaxxer online groups that she had died from side effects related to taking a COVID-19 booster shot.

These rumors seemed to take off after an image began circulating which showed a likely-fake statement by White that read, “Eat healthy and get all your vaccines. I just got boosted today.”

As rumors gained traction primarily on Twitter, White’s agent Jeff Witjas refuted these claims wholeheartedly in statements to several news outlets. “She died of natural causes. Her death should not be politicized,” WItjas told Yahoo Entertainment.

He also told Forbes flat-out in an email that, “Betty never had a booster shot.”

White’s insistence to “eat healthy,” in the false statement probably confused some die-hard fans, who know that she is famous for saying hot dogs are the key to living a long life and that she often enjoyed them with vodka as well.

The death of White has shocked and saddened Hollywood circles and beyond. The actress died only 17 days before her 100th birthday, and a great number of notable people have shared stories and tributes to her.

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