Instagram sensation Grandma Betty dies at 80

Instagram sensation Grandma Betty dies at 80 (Image 1)

A great-grandmother who became an Instagram sensation this year has died after an eight-month battle with lung cancer.

Betty Simpson, 80, passed away peacefully Saturday in Indiana.

Known to the world as Grandma Betty, her journey was documented by her great-grandson Zach Belden.

He set up an Instagram account shortly after her cancer diagnosis last year, and the inspirational 80-year-old quickly garnered national attention due to her fiery personality and life lessons to others.

SLIDESHOW: GrandmaBetty33 on Instagram

At the time of her death, she had over 697,000 followers.

The final post on Saturday let her fans know of her passing with the following note:

“After a much needed night of rest , Grandma has come to peace with her battle of Lung Cancer. Although Grandma Betty is no longer physically with us, she will forever be in the hearts of the millions of people she touches every single day. Grandma Betty did not lose her battle to cancer, because her legacy she has left behind will inspire millions of people to #Smile, #BeHappy, and #StayHappy no matter what. The fight has ended. The battle is won.”

To look through the Instagram dedicated to Grandma Betty, visit her website,

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