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Tanya Roberts reportedly dead at 65 a day after partner thought she had died, Internet says 'you only die twice'

Obituaries for the actress were published across the world on January 4 after her agent informed the media that she had died on January 3
Tanya Roberts (Getty Images)
Tanya Roberts (Getty Images)

Former Bond girl Tanya Roberts has died at 65, a day after her partner thought she had died and the bizarre turn of events made the news go viral. Apparently, the eyes of the actress, who starred in Roger Morre's 'A View to a Kill', had faded and her partner Lance O'Brien thought she was dead instead of...well, just sleeping. However, as reported by TMZ, the 'That '70s Show' actress has passed away, this time for real (sic). She breathed her last on January 4 at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Hospital. O'Brien has told TMZ that he got a call from one of Roberts' doctors, telling him she had passed.

According to TMZ, she took her dogs for a walk on Christmas Eve and collapsed on returning home. She was rushed to the hospital where she tested negative for Covid-19 and was quickly put on a ventilator after being hospitalized, her representative told TMZ. The unspecified illness had caused liver and kidney failure in her. Obituaries for the former 'Charlie's Angels' star were published across the world on January 4 after her agent informed the media that she had died on Sunday, January 3. But in an emotional interview the following afternoon, Lance O'Brien broke down in tears as he received a phone call from the hospital. "Now, you are telling me she's alive?" O'Brien said, his face torn in anguish. Sobbing, he told the interviewer: "The hospital is telling me she is alive. They are calling me from the ICU team."

Roberts, born as Victoria Leigh Blum, entered the film industry with the 1975 horror flick 'Forced Entry'. After several television pilots and roles in fantasy films, she made her most memorable appearance as Stacey Sutton in the 1985 James Bond film 'A View To A Kill', opposite Roger Moore, in what was his last appearance as the iconic British spy. Fans of the 'That '70s Show' would be well-versed with her role as Midge Pinciotti, Donna's mother. She also played the role of Julie Rogers in the fifth and final season of 'Charlie's Angels' in 1980. She also posed for Playboy and did ads for Clairol, Cool Ray sunglasses, Excedrin and Ultra Brite.

Tanya Roberts with Roger Moore, Alison Doody and Fiona Fullerton on the sets of 'A View to a Kill' (Getty Images)

She once said of her memorable role as a Bond girl: "At the time I didn't know what I know now, and to be honest, who would turn that role down, really? Nobody would. All you have to think to yourself is, 'Could I have been better in the part?' That's all you can say to yourself because turning the part down would have been ridiculous, you know? I mean nobody would do that, nobody."

Many users took to Twitter after the news came out. Marshall Hook wrote: "'You Only Die Twice' should have been the title of the Bond film in which Tanya Roberts appeared." Another wrote: "So now 007 Bond Girl Tanya Roberts who died but didn't really die has now died?" Someone else wrote: "5 Jan: Tanya Roberts has died 5 Jan: Tanya Roberts is alive 6 Jan: Tanya Roberts has died." One Michael Ian Black commented: "I didn't know the name Tanya Roberts until she died and then undied. Is this a good PR move? If so, I am sad to announce the death of myself."





Tanya Roberts was married to Barry Roberts for several years, but they didn't have any children before his death in 2006. She is survived by Lance O'Brien and her sister Barbara Chase.