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Betty White’s beloved bear Bam Bam dies just months after the late TV icon’s death


The late Betty White’s beloved bear friend Bam Bam has died just six months after the legendary actress’s death at age 99.

The Golden Girls star, who died in December 2021, met the bear in 2018 after seeing him at Los Angeles Zoo and formed an unlikely connection.

White loved her bear friend so much, she even had a cardboard cut-out of him made and kept it in her office.

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Betty White and Bam Bam
Betty White met Bam Bam at Los Angeles Zoo in 2018. (Instagram)

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Bam Bam’s death was announced on White’s official Instagram page, which 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 dearly,” Mikelas wrote on a post, alongside several photos of White and Bam Bam together.

“Bam Bam was just a spectacular creature. He will be dearly missed by all those who loved him.”

In one of the photos, White is posing with Bam Bam alongside her friend, the late actress Georgia Engel, who died in 2019.

White, a renowned animal advocate, first met Bam Bam while filming a documentary, The First Lady of Television.

Betty White and Bam Bam
White posing with Bam Bam alongside Georgia Engel. (Instagram)

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In the documentary, a fearless White was seen 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 and recalled 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’.

Betty White holding piglet
The late TV icon was renowned for her passion for animals. (Instagram)

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“But we’re talking about a [then] 92-year-old woman exhibiting zero fear while having a grizzly bear in her face. And honestly, I never saw her happier.”

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 anything is for my love for animals,” she said in the documentary.

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