On New Year’s Eve, the world was shocked to learn that beloved Betty White had passed away, according to her agent and close friend Jeff Witjas. Her death certificate subsequently revealed that something occurred days before her death on December 31st, making it clear what happened.

Betty Marion Ludden, better known as “Betty White,” died of a stroke, according to her death certificate.

The Associated Press obtained a death certificate for Ms. Bankhead, which stated that the beloved Golden Girls and Mary Tyler Moore Show star died as a result of a cerebrovascular accident (which is the medical term for a stroke) at her home in Los Angeles’ Brentwood neighborhood on December 25th.

The reason for Betty White’s death was determined via normal methods, according to her doctor. White was cremated and her ashes were given to Glenn Kaplan, who is in charge of her advance health care directive.

After hearing of her death, President Joe Biden, Mel Brooks, and several other celebrities and prominent figures praised the American actress.

On December 31st, Jeff Witjas announced that the beloved actress “died peacefully in her sleep at her home” that morning. He stated, “Even though Betty was about to be 100, I thought she would live forever. 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.”

Rumors began to spread that Betty White had died as a result of the COVID-19 booster she was given on December 28th, which were later debunked by Witjas.

In a January 3rd statement to PEOPLE, Witjas added, “People are saying her death was related to getting a booster shot three days earlier but that is not true. She died of natural causes. Her death should not be politicized — that is not the life she lived.”

During the COVID-19 epidemic, the actress stayed close to her Los Angeles house, according to Witjas.

She died just a few days before her 100th birthday, which was supposed to be celebrated on January 17th. White had recently spoken to PEOPLE about her thoughts on the milestone occasion before she died. She stated, “I’m so lucky to be in such good health and feel so good at this age. It’s amazing.”

In 2012, White told New York Times columnist Frank Bruni in a TimesTalks conversation that she had “no fear or dread of death.” She explained that her mother had a great impact on her development. She stated that she was “happy as a lark to stay around as long as I can.”

She continued, “My mother had a wonderful approach to death. She always thought of it as — she said, ‘We know we have managed to find out almost anything that exists, but nobody knows … what happens at that moment when it’s over.’”

Betty White is loved and will be remembered by her family, friends, and fans all around the world. Her soul may now rest in peace.