UPDATE: After her publicist prematurely announced she died on Sunday night, Tanya Roberts, known for her roles in the James Bond film “A View to a Kill,” “That ’70s Show” and “Charlie’s Angels,” died Monday night. She was 65.
On Tuesday, Roberts’ publicist, Mike Pingel, confirmed to Variety that she died Monday night at 9:30 p.m. PT due to a urinary tract infection that spread to her kidney, gallbladder, liver and blood stream. However, Pingel mistakenly told many publications that Roberts had died on Sunday night after her partner, Lance O’Brien, visited her in the hospital and presumed she was no longer living. She remained hospitalized in “dire” condition Monday, Pingel told Variety earlier that day.
During Monday evening’s broadcast of “Inside Edition,” O’Brien was heard saying “Oh, thank the lord!” when he took a call and learned she was still alive while being interviewed.
Roberts played Stacey Sutton in the 1985 James Bond film “A View to a Kill” as well as Midge Pinciotti on “That ’70s Show” between 1998 and 2004.
The 65-year-old performer was admitted to Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles after collapsing at home on Christmas Eve after walking her dogs, then placed on a ventilator because she was struggling to breathe.
She appeared in films including “The Beastmaster” (1982), “Sheena: Queen of the Jungle” (1984), “Body Slam” (1987) and “Night Eyes” (1990). Early in her career, she appeared in “Zuma Beach,” “Pleasure Cove” and “Waikiki.”
On the “Charlie’s Angels” TV series, Roberts played Julie Rogers and more recently, she appeared in the 2005 series “Barbershop.”
Though it’s not clear exactly how the mistake happened, hospitals in Southern California are operating under extreme strain right now due to an excess of hospitalizations for COVID-19. Between Dec. 25 and Dec. 28, there were no ICU beds available in the area that includes Cedars-Sinai, and the majority of beds were filled with COVID patients.