Betty White Dies at 92: Actress Found Dead In Her BathtubArchived Version / Live Version
The world is saddened today as we slowly learn more about the death of Hollywood legend Betty White. Authorities were called to the exclusive celebrity resort La Palomas at around 2 p.m. Monday after Whites' body was found by resort staff, a law enforcement source told the eBuzzd. The source added that investigators do not suspect drugs or other foul-play to be a cause of her death at this time, but that testing and an autopsy is needed to determine a definitive cause of death.
The 92-year-old Hollywood icon, wearing a white nightgown, was found submerged in the oval tub, face-up after hotel staff was called to check on a leak coming from the ceiling below her room. A bottle of unopened prescription pills was found in the room, among other prescribed medicine. "The medicine recovered is typical of just about anyone which included cholesterol and high-blood pressure medicines." Said Det. John Wiseman "None of which seemed to have lead to her passing at this time."
White lived in an apartment in Hollywood's East Village, but had a membership to the exclusive club frequented by celebrities. The hotel has hosted stars like Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts.
A source close to the White family said there had been a small bedroom fire sparked by a candle at her home earlier in the week, and that may have led her to stay at the luxurious Hollywood resort while remodeling is underway to repair the minor damaged sustained.
Betty Marion White was born January 17, 1922 and has had an illustrious is an American actress, comedian, presenter, singer, author, and television personality. In 2013, the Guinness World Records even awarded White with having the longest television career for a female entertainer. To contemporary audiences, White is best known for her television roles as Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1973-77) and Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls (1985-92). Since the death of co-star Rue McClanahan in 2010, she was the only surviving Golden Girl. She most recently starred as Elka Ostrovsky in the TV Land sitcom Hot in Cleveland, for which she has won two consecutive Screen Actors Guild Awards. She also hosted NBC's practical-joke show Betty White's Off Their Rockers, which resulted in two Emmy nominations.
White has gone on to win six Emmy Awards (five for acting), receiving 20 Emmy nominations over her career, including being the first woman to receive an Emmy for game show hosting (for the short-lived Just Men!) and is the only woman to have won an Emmy in all performing comedic categories. In May 2010, White became the oldest person to guest-host Saturday Night Live, for which she received a Primetime Emmy Award. White also holds the record for longest span between Emmy nominations for performances - her first was in 1951 and her most recent was in 2012, a span of 61 years-and has become the oldest nominee as of 2013, aged 91. She is also the oldest winner of a competitive Grammy Award, which she won in 2012.
Due to her legacy and success within the entertainment industry the American Comedy Awards, the Screen Actors Guild, and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts have all awarded White with lifetime achievement awards recognizing her contribution to television.
She made regular appearances on the game shows Password and Match Game and played recurring roles on Mama's Family, Boston Legal, The Bold and the Beautiful, That '70s Show, and Community.
Despite her age of 92 years old, the news of her passing comes as a shock considering her recent appearance as the guest star of the popular WWE RAW showcased the ever-growing obsession Americans had with the no-holds-barred entertainment industry icon. "Betty White is one of the best hosts for RAW. They didn't push her in any corny segments like other hosts. She was just being Betty," one viewer tweeted, while another concurred: "Hat tip to Betty White on being the host tonight. Helluva entertaining lady."
The public has began to show their respect for the animal-rights activist with an out-pour of comments and condolences via social media outlets. "It has been an absolute blessing to have known Betty for more than 20 years." James Tailor, a grammy nominated composer told eBuzzd. "I am at a lose for words at this time, just sadness. Pure sadness."