Save Betty White!
In the midst of yet another celebrity death, a South Carolina man started a GoFundMe page to protect the beloved actress from the year 2016 — a year that has already claimed the lives of legendary actors and iconic celebrities.
“Help 2016 catch these hands if it goes anywhere near Betty White! If she's okay with it I will fly to where ever Betty White is and keep her safe till Jan. 1, 2017,” GoFundMe user Demetrios Hrysikos wrote in the description of his fundraising campaign.
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Betty, 94, has been the subject of numerous death hoaxes over the years, but a large number of celebrities deaths this year haven't been hoaxes. Singer George Michael, Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher, and her mother, Singin’ in the Rain star Debbie Reynolds have died in the past week alone. Other stars we’ve lost this year include singers David Bowie, Prince and actor Alan Thicke.
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The Golden Girls star has yet to respond to the GoFundMe page that was started in her honor, and it’s unclear whether she will allow Demetrios to be her bodyguard for the remainder of the year, but the campaign exceeded its original $2,000 limit in two days.
Demetrios raised the goal to $10,000 and explained that he would keep the fundraiser open until midnight on New Year’s Eve, and he plans to donate all of the proceeds to the Spartanburg Little Theater, a volunteer-run local theater in South Carolina to help young actors and actresses realize their dreams.
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“Now, assuming she doesn't want a strange Greek standing guard outside her door,” Demetrios wrote, “all monies will be donated to the Spartanburg little theater to help craft new stars of stage and screen to carry mantle of the legends that have left is this year.”
Click through the gallery below to see all of the stars we’ve sadly lost in 2016.
The music icon died from cancer on Jan. 10, two days after his 69th birthday.