Tanya Roberts dead at 65: Former Bond girl passes away after premature death announcement

Roberts also starred in the final season of the 1970s television series Charlie's Angels and was well-known for her role as Midge Pinciotti on That '70s Show

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After Tanya Roberts death was prematurely declared by her publicist, the former Bond girl and That 70’s Show star died Monday night at a Lost Angeles hospital, The New York Times reported on Tuesday.

Roberts’ boyfriend, Lance O’Brien, told TMZ that the actress died Monday night at L.A.’s Cedars-Sinai Hospital. He said he got the call shortly after 9 p.m. local time. The official cause of death has not been released, but the publicist, Mike Pingel, told The New York Times it was not related to COVID-19.

Roberts was best known for playing a Bond girl in A View to a Kill alongside Roger Moore as Agent 007. She also starred in the final season of the 1970s television series Charlie’s Angels and was well-known for her role as Midge Pinciotti on That ’70s Show.

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O’Brien told TMZ that he initially thought Roberts, 65, had died on Sunday because while he was visiting her, he saw her close her eyes and “fade away.” He left without asking medical staff if she was dead, he said. He told Roberts’ publicist, who announced her death.

O’Brien was being interviewed about her death on live TV on Monday when he received a phone call informing him she was actually still alive.

He was speaking to Inside Edition about the loss of his other half, following her representative Mike Pingel’s statement revealing she had passed away, when he had a phone call from the hospital.

The call was caught on camera during the interview, as O’Brien can be heard saying: “Now, you are telling me she’s alive?”

He then told his interviewer: “The hospital is telling me she is alive. They are calling me from the ICU team.”

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Despite the good news that Roberts hadn’t died, O’Brien told the New York Post that the situation was hopeless, as doctors had told him it was impossible that the Charlie’s Angels star would come back from her health battle.

According to O’Brien, Roberts was taken off life support after falling ill with a urinary tract infection that got “out of control.” Her situation was made worse by the fact that she’d battled Hepatitis C as a child, he added.

O’Brien also insisted he had no hard feelings towards Pingel, who issued the statement announcing Roberts’ death after misinterpreting a call from her longtime partner in which he detailed his final moments with the actress, sighing: “I don’t want to blame (Pingel) in any way, shape or form. I was in total shock, and I did say goodbye to her.”

Roberts was rushed to hospital in Los Angeles on Christmas Eve, after collapsing at home following a walk with her dog.

WENN, with files from National Post

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