Tanya Roberts, 'back from the dead': How bizarre series of events led partner Lance to assume star had passed away

Tanya Roberts, 'back from the dead': How bizarre series of events led partner Lance to assume star had passed away
Tanya Roberts is very much alive but is in the ICU (Getty Images)

Tanya Roberts who had played the role of Bond girl in Roger Moore's  'A View to a Kill' and eventually starred in the sitcom 'That 70's Show' has been hospitalized after falling ill at her house. Roberts who was best known for being a Bond girl had her obituary out in media publications on January 4 though it later turned out to be false. According to TMZ, Roberts's partner Lance revealed that he went to the hospital on Sunday, January 3, post receiving a call from doctors saying Roberts' was fading fast. 

The doctors had told Lance that the illness was going to end in her death. Lance had gone to the hospital and when he was in her room, she opened her eyes and had tried to grab him, but her eyes closed and she 'faded'. He said that he was totally shattered and devastated and went out of the room. He then left the hospital and did not connect with the hospital staff. For some reason, he believed that she was dead and left after being filled with grief. What is unclear is why Lance thought that she had died as opposed to just sleeping. Roberts's rep Mike Pingel, doesn't know whether Lance spoke to medical staff before he left. 

He also says that Lance was not answering any calls and has not clarified the situation. Pingel said that he had picked up Lance from the hospital who had told him "She died in my arms." Pingel has now shared that Roberts is alive despite earlier claiming she had died and even sending out a press release with the same information. Pingel said that he had mistakenly announced the news of her death based on information that he had received from Lance. 

However, the hospital had called and confirmed that she was still alive as of Monday morning, January 4. He did say that Roberts is in the ICU and is in a serious condition. While speaking to the PA news agency, he said, "It does not look good."

We had earlier reported that Roberts had taken her dogs for a walk on Christmas Eve and collapsed on returning home. She was put on a ventilator after being hospitalized. Roberts, born as Victoria Leigh Blum, began her career 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. 

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.

While speaking of her role as a Bond girl, she had once said, "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." 

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