Betty White, TV's perennial Golden Girl, has died. She was 99.

"Even though Betty was about to be 100, I thought she would live forever,"

her agent and close friend Jeff Witjas told PEOPLE in a statement on Friday.

"I will miss her terribly and so will the animal world that she loved so much.

I don't think Betty ever feared passing because she always wanted to be with her most beloved husband Allen Ludden.

Early Life Born Jan. 17, 1922, in Oak Park, Illinois, Betty Marion White, an only child.

Career Beginning White's career in entertainment began in the 1940s after she graduated from high school.

The Golden Girl In the years immediately afterward, White's work pace only accelerated, culminating with The Golden Girl

Hot in Cleveland and 21st-Century Stardom After The Golden Girls ended in 1992, White starred in a series of TV shows, including The Golden Palace

"You better realize how good life is while it's happening," she said. "Because before you know it, it will all be gone."