Betty White's final heartwarming video message to fans: 'Thank you all for your love and support'

Betty White
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By , Audacy

Betty White loved her fans.

Before she passed away at the age of 99 on New Year’s Eve -- just weeks shy of her 100th birthday -- White made a video thanking her fans for all their love and support.

Her assistant, Kiersten, who has been put in charge of managing White’s social media accounts, shared the video on Friday.

"I just want to thank you all for your love and support over the years," the “Golden Girls” actress said in the final video before her death.

"Thank you so much and stick around,” she added in the video which was meant to be shared during her centennial celebration.

The video was posted shortly after donations came pouring in as part of the Betty White Challenge, a fan-led movement honoring the longtime animal lover and advocate. Per Variety and Facebook’s parent company, Meta, $12.7 million was raised via Facebook and Instagram for shelters and rescue operations.

White’s team showed only gratitude for the fans via the post's caption.

“As we continue to see number 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 be so grateful to everyone,” the caption read.

It continued: “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. She knew how lucky she was; she felt the love, and she never took it for granted. I think it’s appropriate to post today as a thank from Betty and the animals ❤️”

The video was seemingly taken at the same time as a photo previously shared by her assistant.

In one of her final photos, White looked “radiant” in a bright green outfit on a floral loveseat.

“Hello Everyone! It’s Kiersten. Betty’s assistant,” she wrote on White’s official Facebook page. “On this special day, I wanted to share this photo of Betty. It was taken on 12/20/21. I believe it’s one of the last photos of her.”

“She was radiant and beautiful and as happy as ever. Thanks to all of you who are doing kind things today and every day to make the world a better place,” Mikelas concluded the post.

Celebrations of White’s life will continue throughout the month of January as NBC revealed that it would honor the American icon with a primetime special titled “Celebrating Betty White: America’s Golden Girl,” which will air on Monday, January 31 at 10/9c.

The hour-long special will feature friends and stars coming together to pay tribute to the TV legend and animal rights advocate. Participants making an appearance will be announced at a later date.

White’s official cause of death was noted as a cerebrovascular accident. A death certificate obtained by People stated that she suffered a stroke six days before her death.

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