FACT CHECK: Did Betty White Encourage People To ‘Eat Healthy And Get All Your Vaccines’ Days Before Her Death?

Hannah Hudnall | Fact Check Reporter

A post shared on Facebook claims the late actress Betty White encouraged people to “eat healthy and get all your vaccines” days before she died.

Verdict: False

There is no evidence White made this statement. White’s agent confirmed the quote is fabricated.

Fact Check:

Betty White, star of “The Golden Girls” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” passed away at her home in Los Angeles at the age of 99 on Sunday, according to The New York Times. Her agent, Jeff Witjas, told People Magazine she died of natural causes.

Soon after her death, social media users began sharing a post containing an alleged quote from her that reads, “Eat healthy and get all your vaccines. I just got boosted today.” The post dates the purported quote to Dec. 28, three days before her death, and includes a link to an article from Crow River Media. (RELATED: Does This Image Show Easy-E And Betty White Posing Together?)

There is, however, no evidence White made these comments. Check Your Fact examined the aforementioned Crow River Media article and archived versions of it but found no mention of the alleged quote. It is also nowhere to be found in a Dec. 28 People Magazine story, titled”Betty White Reveals Her Secrets to a Happy Life at 100: ‘I’m So Lucky to Be in Such Good Health,'” that is quoted in the Crow River Media article. Check Your Fact found no credible news reports to corroborate the authenticity of the purported statement from White.

“Betty never said this,” said Witjas in an email to Check Your Fact. Witjas also confirmed in his email that White did not receive a booster shot on Dec. 28.

Hannah Hudnall

Fact Check Reporter

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