Betty White had a stroke in the days leading up to her death, TMZ reported January 10. According to the outlet, the actor suffered a stroke six days before she died — which, according to her death certificate, led to brain tissue damage. It’s unknown at this time what White’s state was after the stroke.
The outlet previously reported at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 that White was taking quarantine very seriously and staying safe by limiting her contact with others. It was reported the star took it easy by completing crossword puzzles and watching television. Unfortunately, the star spent her final years in isolation due to the pandemic away from the home she built with her late husband, Allen Ludden.
“She never wanted to leave her home in Carmel, [California], but was forced to for at-home care,” an insider told The New York Post, adding that her new Los Angeles residence was more accessible for her needs. “If she had it her way, Betty would’ve lived and died in that home [in Carmel]. It’s the home she shared with her husband, it’s where she felt more comfortable.”