Betty White's unexpected passing on Friday sent sadness and shock throughout the entertainment world. As a result, many celebrities have taken to social media to pay tribute to the Golden Girls star, sharing fond memories and touching sentiments.

White's friends and fans honour her on Twitter

White was reported to have passed away on December 31, just two weeks before she would have turned 100 years old. Her death is especially sad since the actress had big plans for her milestone birthday! Earlier on in the month, she revealed that she planned to celebrate the occasion with a televised special, which would have been called Betty White: 100 Years Young — A Birthday Celebration

One of the stars who was set to be in attendance is Ryan Reynolds, who White co-starred with in 2009's The Proposal. In a tweet, Reynolds called her "great at defying expectation," saying that she "managed to grow very old and somehow, not old enough." Seth Meyers also offered up a funny anecdote from when White hosted SNL, mentioning that she "ordered a vodka and a hotdog and stayed til the bitter end" of the afterparty.

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Singer Dionne Warwick tweeted that she "had the pleasure of getting to know Betty White and shared a few giggles with her," while Ellen DeGeneres mentioned being "grateful for every second" she and White shared. Reese Witherspoon shared that she "loved watching her characters that brought so much joy," thanking White for the laughter. "Tonight we will raise MANY glasses to the WONDERFUL legacy of Betty White!!!" Andy Cohen declared on Twitter, suggesting the perfect way to celebrate the new year while honouring the star.

There's no doubt that more tributes to White will continue to pour in over the coming days since the actress was universally adored. While it's sad that she didn't end up making it to her milestone 100th birthday, White has certainly left an incredible legacy behind her that touched the lives of many, and that's something worth celebrating!