Betty White is sadly mourning the loss of her close friend and former co-star, Mary Tyler Moore.
In the hours following Mary’s tragic death at age 80 on Wednesday, Jan. 25, entertainment news outlet [Hollywood Life](http://hollywoodlife.com/2017/01/25/betty-white-upset-mary-tyler-moore-death-not-doing-interviews/?utmsource=social&utmcampaign=partner-bauer&utmmedium=social)_ reached out to Betty, 95, for a comment — but the star’s rep said she’s “too upset” to speak about The Mary Tyler Moore star‘s passing.
“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,” her longtime rep, Mara Buxbaum, confirmed to TMZ.
Betty and Mary in 1975. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
“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,” Buxbaum continued.
Earlier on Wednesday, TMZ reported Mary was in “grave condition” in a Connecticut hospital. Prior to her death, the actress battled several health issues in her later years. She underwent brain surgery in 2011 and additionally suffered from diabetes.
In a 2014 interview with Closer Weekly, Betty commented on Mary’s ailing health. “Her eyesight is what the big problem is right now,” she said at the time.
Mary and Betty in 2008. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
“Mary is not a woe-is-me woman,” her longtime friend Valerie Harper also told Closer. “She has her bad days emotionally, but she just tries to find enjoyment in each and every day.”
Though Betty chose not to release a statement after Mary’s passing, the actress’ former Mary Tyler Moore Show co-star Ed Asner expressed his condolences via Twitter.
“A great lady I loved and owe so much to has left us. I will miss her. I will never be able to repay her for the blessings that she gave me,” the 87-year-old actor wrote on the micro-blogging site.