US actress Betty White has died aged 99.
The award-winning actress, best known for starring as Rose in 1980s sitcom The Golden Girls, died less than a month before her 100th birthday.
White was born in Illinois on January 17 1922 and had a television career spanning more than 80 years.
She appeared in hit US sitcoms including Hot In Cleveland, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Betty White Show and Life With Elizabeth.
The screen veteran was named the female entertainer with the longest television career by Guinness World Records, having started out in 1939.
She has also written several books and has won five Primetime Emmy Awards out of 21 nominations, and a handful of other top accolades.
Star Trek star George Takei was among the famous faces from around the globe who paid respect to the acclaimed actress.
Takei wrote on Twitter: “Our national treasure, Betty White, has passed just before her 100th birthday.
“Our Sue Ann Nivens, our beloved Rose Nylund, has joined the heavens to delight the stars with her inimitable style, humor, and charm.
“A great loss to us all. We shall miss her dearly.”
The actor added that everyone should toast to White when midnight strikes in honour of the actress.
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