Betty White has appeared in a video shared on Facebook. The clip was filmed 11 days before she passed away at 99 on December 31, 2021, following a stroke at her Los Angeles home. 

“I just want to thank you all for your love and support over the years,” the actress said in the video. “Thank you so much – and stick around.” 

In the caption, White’s assistant, Kierstan Mikelas, gushed over the success of the Betty White challenge – a challenge to encourage people to donate $5 to any local or national animal shelter in White’s name before or on her birthday. 

“As we continue to see the numbers coming in from all over the world – it’s just absolutely amazing how much money all of you raised for the animals through #thebettywhitechallenge. She could never have imagined such an outpouring of love and would have [been] so grateful for everyone.” 

It was just one of the two videos the silver screen star had recorded back-to-back. The other recording was used in Betty White: A Celebration, which would have been released on her 100th birthday earlier this week.

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

Following the news of her death, one of Hollywood’s biggest stars shared tributes to the beloved actress. “The world looks different now,” wrote Ryan Reynolds. “She was great at defying expectation. She managed to grow very old and, somehow, not old enough. We’ll miss you, Betty.”

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