Dolly Parton acknowledged the sad passing of TV icon Betty White over the holiday (12/31).

Dolly took to Twitter on New Year’s Day and wrote of White, “While watching the news last night I learned of Betty White’s passing. Betty will live forever not only in this world but the world hereafter. I will always love her as we all will!”

Several fans replied to the post, one fan wrote what many of us may be thinking, “I can only think of two universally loved celebrities, Betty and Dolly. Are there any others?” Another fan replied, “Happy New Year Dolly please stay safe and healthy. I will always love you as we all do! Betty White. Our Golden Girl.”

Parton and Betty never met but White said of Dolly to The Boot in 2010 that she was a fan of country music and Dolly’s “9 to 5” was one of her favorite songs, saying, “I like Dolly’s whole approach to life with ongoing and uplifting songs. I never met Dolly but everything I ever heard about her, she was a great gal to know, and you could kind of get it in her music and her voice and her approach to lyrics.”

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