Betty White 'never feared' death because she was ready to reunite with late husband Allen Ludden, friend claims
LEGENDARY Golden Girls actress Betty White passed away on Friday at 99, shocking fans across the globe.
But Betty didn't "ever fear passing," according to a close friend, because she wanted to be reunited with her late husband, Allen Ludden.
"Even though Betty was about to be 100, I thought she would live forever," her agent and close friend Jeff Witjas told PEOPLE in a statement on Friday.
"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."
Betty – whose Hollywood career spanned over more than nine decades – was 99-years-old, and only weeks from her 100th birthday on January 17th.
Betty and Allen wed in 1963 but he passed away in 1981 from cancer.
Betty has three stepchildren from her third marriage: David, Sarah, and Martha.
White married her first husband, Dick Barker in 1945 but they divorced that same year.
In 1947, Betty married Lane Allen but the pair divorced in 1949.
Her marriage to Allen was her longest.
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'THE PERFECT ONE'
Betty spent 18 "wonderful" years married to the celebrity game show host before he died of stomach cancer in 1981.
They met in the summer of 1962 on the set of the show Password and after three weeks the host asked Betty to marry him.
Betty expressed how she wished she hadn't turned down her keen future-husband's initial marriage proposals.
"I spent a whole year, wasted a whole year, that Allen and I could have had together, saying, 'No, I wouldn't marry him,'" White told Oprah Winfrey in 2015.
"I wasted a whole year we could have had together, but we made it, we finally did."
Allen's first wife was in the hospital with cancer, and she died the week that he and Betty met.
"I've had two bad marriages, and I don't like to think of them as good mistakes. They were traumatizing to go through," she once admitted to Newsweek.
"But they did make me appreciate it when the perfect one came along."
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