Betty White kept her smile until the very end. The 99-year-old actress looked frail but happy days before her unexpected death.
The Golden Girls star's assistant, Kiersten, posted the last known photo taken of the actress in honor of what would have been her 100th birthday. Sharing the shot on Monday, Kiersten revealed the photo was snapped on December 20. As Radar reported, Betty died on December 31.
In the shot, Betty is seen flashing her signature pearly whites while sitting in a patterned chair. Wearing an attention-grabbing green blazer with a matching silk shirt underneath, the legendary actress rocked white pants and pearl earrings.
Showing she was fashionable until the very end, Betty dressed her pout with red lipstick and dark-colored nail polish. Revealing she was "radiant" and "happy as ever" one week before her passing, Kiersten lovingly captioned the shot by writing, "Hello Everyone! It’s Kiersten. Betty’s Assistant. 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," she continued. "Thanks to all of you who are doing kind things today and every day to make the world a better place."
Last week, Betty's cause of death was released. According to her death certificate issued by LA County, the comedian suffered a stroke 6 days before her passing. Her official cause of death was listed as a cerebrovascular accident.
This photo was taken three days before her stroke.
Radar spoke to the Los Angeles Police Department last week, who gave us the inside scoop into White's death investigation. Law enforcement arrived at her $5 million home on Friday to determine if there was any foul play in the actress' passing.
After examining the scene, cops told us they did not discover any foul play — but their job wasn't over. The responding officers remained on the scene until White's body was picked up by the funeral home. As of last week, her funeral was still in the planning process.
Betty would have turned 100 years old today. In probably the worst-timing cover ever, PEOPLE prematurely released their January 2022 issue just days before her death. Betty was featured on the cover with the headline: "Betty White Turns 100."
She eerily told the outlet, "I'm so lucky to be in such good health and feel so good at this age. It's amazing."