Tanya Roberts Dead at 65 Following False Death Announcement
By Zach Seemayer
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Actress Tanya Roberts has died following a strange series of events. The James Bond actress and That '70s Show star died on Monday around 9:30 p.m. PT at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, California,her rep, Mike Pingel, told ET. She was 65.
Roberts' domestic partner of 18 years, Lance O’Brien, received the news of her death from the hospital on Monday night while at their home. Her rep says the cause of death was from a urinary tract infection which spread to her kidney, gallbladder, liver and then blood stream.
The actress was initially falsely pronounced dead early Monday by her rep, who sent out a press release, according to multiplereports. Pingel later retracted the statement, telling The Associated Presson Monday that "she was alive at 10 a.m. this morning."
At the time, Pingel explained to TMZ, who were the first to report, that O'Brien had told him -- and several other friends and family -- that she had died in his arms. However, O'Brien "received a call from the hospital saying she was not dead."
It's still unclear how the misunderstanding occurred.
As for what led to her death, Pingel told the The New York Times that the actress took her dogs for a walk on Christmas Eve, and collapsed upon returning to her home in the Hollywood Hills. She was hospitalized and put on a ventilator, but never recovered. Pingel said the actress did not appear to be ill in the days leading up to her collapse, and while he did not give a cause of death, he noted that it was not COVID-19 related.
Roberts -- born Victoria Leigh Blum -- began her career as a model before breaking into film with the 1975 horror flick Forced Entry.
After a series of TV pilots and a number of roles in fantasy films, she appeared in her most iconic role, playing Stacey Sutton in the 1985 James Bond film A View to a Kill, opposite Roger Moore in his last appearance as the iconic British spy.
She was also known for her recurring role as Midge Pinciotti on That '70s Show, and for her role as Julie Rogers on the fifth and final season of Charlie's Angels in 1980.
In lieu of flowers, Roberts' family is asking for donations to be given in the actress' name to the ASPCA as she was an animal rights activist. An online memorial for Tanya Roberts will be announced shortly and the family is asking for privacy as they mourn her death.