Actress Tanya Roberts passed away Monday night after a bizarre turn of events that included her partner reportedly incorrectly telling her publicist she had died the day before.
The former Bond Girl died at a Los Angeles hospital, where doctors were hospitalizing her since Christmas Eve after collapsing in her home after a hike, according to TMZ.
Confusion loomed over Roberts’ final moments of life after her publicist, Mike Pingel, prematurely announced her death on Sunday.
Her partner, Lance O’Brien, said he got a call from one of Robert’s doctors Monday night, after 9 PM, telling him Tanya had died.
Earlier on Monday, O’Brien told her publicist on Sunday Tanya had passed away. On Monday, he tried remedying that mistake by explaining that when he visited her in the hospital Sunday, she suddenly opened her eyes but immediately closed them.
After assuming she was dead, O’Brien left the Los Angeles hospital without speaking to doctors. He received a phone call Monday from the Cedars-Sinai hospital, informing him Roberts was still alive. Her publicist, who picked O’Brien up from the hospital, says he told him, “She died in my arms.”
Tanya Roberts Taken Off Life Support During Final Moments
O’Brien said doctors put his partner on a ventilator because she struggled to breathe. However, she hadn’t contracted COVID-19. He told The Post that the hospital had called him on Sunday to visit because she was near death.
“For all intents and purposes, she was gone,’’ O’Brien said on Monday. He also added that doctors had taken Roberts off life-support. “She’s been out of it the last three days.’’
However, fans will remember Roberts for much more than her strange, final few hours. Fans of the That ’70s Show actress will remember her for her successful career as a model and actress.
Tanya was the go-to model during the ’70s, appearing as Bond girl Stacey Sutton alongside Roger Moore in “A View to a Kill.” She also posed for Playboy and did commercials for Cool Ray sunglasses, Excedrin and Ultra Brite.