Betty White Cause of Death Revealed

Betty White at arrivals for THE PROPOSAL Premiere, El Capitan Theatre, Los Angeles, CA June 1, 2009. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection

Betty White died six days after she suffered a stroke, according to the death certificate obtained Monday by the Associated Press.

The cause of death is listed as a cerebrovascular accident (CVA), a medical term for a stroke. The death certificate was issued by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. White’s doctor provided the cause of death, which is normal when people die of natural causes.

The beloved actress passed away at her home in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles at age 99 on Dec. 31. She would have turned 100 on Jan. 17.

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The legendary actress, animal rights activist, and cultural icon was best known for her roles on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls, Hot in Cleveland, and in the film The Proposal.

Throughout her career, she took home a total of five Emmy Awards. The Illinois native has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1985.

A few weeks before her death, White spoke with People magazine for a cover story celebrating her 100th birth. She told the magazine she was “so lucky to be in such good health and feel so good at this age.”