Late Betty White’s Beloved bear friend Bam Bam has passed away just six months after the legendary actress’s death death at age 99†
The golden girls star, who died in December 2021, met the bear in 2018 after seeing him at the Los Angeles Zoo and formed an unlikely connection.
White loved her bear friend so much that she even had him cut out in cardboard and kept it in her office.
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Bam Bam’s death was announced on White’s official Instagram pagewhich is now run by her former assistant Kierstan Mikelas.
“Returning from hiatus with a bittersweet post. This boy has been reunited with this lady, who loved him so much,” Mikelas wrote in a post, alongside several photos of White and Bam Bam together.
“Bam Bam was just a spectacular creature. He will be sorely missed by all who loved him.”
In one of the photos, White poses with Bam Bam next to her boyfriend, the late actress Georgia Engel, who died in 2019.
White, a well-known animal advocate, first met Bam Bam while filming a documentary, The First Lady of Television†
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The documentary showed a fearless White feeding the bear marshmallows and giving him a kiss.
White’s Hot in Cleveland stand-in and assistant Annie Wetherbee accompanied the TV icon to her meeting with Bam Bam, recalling how happy she was with animals.
“There was nothing threatening about it,” she told Ray Richmond, author of “Betty White: 100 Remarkable Moments in an Extraordinary Life.”
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“But we’re talking about a [then] 92-year-old woman showing no fear while holding a grizzly bear in her face. And honestly, I’ve never seen her so happy.”
White’s passion for animals was so all-encompassing, the late star often said she wanted to be remembered for this rather than her acting.
“That’s my life. The reason I work, the reason I do something, is because of my love for animals,” she said in the documentary.
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