UPDATE (1/27) -- Actress Betty White decided to finally break her silence about the shocking death of her longtime friend and costar, the legendary Mary Tyler Moore who passed away Jan. 25 at the age of 80.
White, 95, took to Instagram on Jan. 26 to share a heartwarming old photo of herself with Mary, her second husband, Grant Tinker, and Betty's late husband, Allen Ludden.
"Mary Tyler Moore, Grant Tinker, Allen Ludden and I had some of the best times of my life together. She was special," the Golden Girls star wrote.
Her unexpected post came as a surprise, as she had reportedly been "too upset" by the loss of her friend to make a public comment before now.
Poor Betty! Our thoughts and prayers are with all of Moore's family and friends, including her husband of 33 years, Dr. Robert Levine.
(1/26) -- As Hollywood continues to mourn the loss of iconic actress Mary Tyler Moore, who died on Jan. 25 at the age of 80, stars who have known her for decades have joined in to pay tribute to their friend. Actor Dick van Dyke issued a heartwarming statement via Twitter immediately following the sad news of her passing, and now Carol Burnett is the latest celebrity to add a statement into the mix.
“She will be so missed. She was a pioneer on television and also one of the sweetest, nicest people I ever knew,” Burnett said in a statement. Apparently, Burnett’s The Carol Burnett Show once shared a home with The Mary Tyler Moore Show, both airing during CBS’s Saturday line-up in the 1970s.
Actor Dick van Dyke had this to say:
There are no words. She was THE BEST!— Dick Van Dyke (@iammrvandy) January 26, 2017
We always said that we changed each other's lives for the better. I watched... https://t.co/lBbVL7QJ2b
"We always said that we changed each other's lives for the better," wrote van Dyke, 91, on social media. The two starred together in The Dick Van Dyke Show in the 1960s, which was America's first introduction to the then-23-year-old Moore, who captured hearts instantly. The two actors remained dear friends for decades.
Another A-lister who was asked to weigh in about Moore's passing, Betty White, 94, was unable to provide comment because she's "too upset," according to her rep. Poor Betty!
Other stars who have paid tribute include Ed Asner, Ellen DeGeneres, Michael Keaton, Bernadette Peters, and more.
Farewell to a legend
The beloved actress passed away on the afternoon of Jan. 25., after being on a respirator for more than a week, reported TMZ. Family members including her loving husband of over 33 years, Dr. S. Robert Levine, were at her side.
Moore's comedic talents and all-American beauty made her a Hollywood icon. The Emmy Award-winning actress's star-turn in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, a 1970s comedy about the life of a professional single woman, was considered a cultural and feminist milestone.
Moore's longtime rep, Mara Buxbaum, issued a statement to TMZ saying, "Today, beloved icon, Mary Tyler Moore, passed away at the age of 80 in the company of friends and her loving husband of over 33 years, Dr. S. Robert Levine. A groundbreaking actress, producer, and passionate advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Mary will be remembered as a fearless visionary who turned the world on with her smile."
Though there is no word on the cause of her death, Moore has been open about her long-term battle with both type 1 diabetes and alcoholism. She also reportedly underwent brain surgery in 2011 to remove a benign tumor.
Rest in peace, Mary. You will be SO missed.