Tanya Roberts Dies Following False Announcement About Her Death

Tanya Roberts in attendance for 5th Annual TV Land Awards, Barker Hangar, Santa Barbara, CA, April 14, 2007. Photo by: Michael Germana/Everett Collection

Former Bond girl Tanya Roberts has died after her publicist mistakenly told multiple media outlets over the weekend that the 65-year-old actress had passed away.

Roberts died Monday night at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, her longtime partner, Lance O’Brien, told the New York Times Tuesday.

The actress collapsed on Christmas Eve after taking her dogs for a walk. She was transported to the hospital and placed on a ventilator, however, her condition was not related to COVID-19.

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Condolences began to pour in on Sunday after her publicist, Mike Pingel, said she had died. A day later, Pingel tried to clear up the confusion.

“I did get confirmation [of her death], but that was from a very distraught person [O’Brien],” Pingel told The Hollywood Reporter on Monday.

The publicist said he later received word that Roberts was alive, but very ill.

“The hospital did call to say that she was still alive but it’s not looking good. We will hopefully have information. It’s upsetting,” he explained.

During a video interview with Inside Edition, O’Brien was called mid-interview by the ICU team at Cedars-Sinai to tell him his partner of 18 years was still alive.

“Now you’re telling me that she’s alive?! Well thank the Lord. Thank God,” O’Brien said during the call.

Roberts is best known for her roles as Stacey Sutton in the 1985 James Bond film A View to a Kill and as the character of Donna Pinciotti’s slow-witted but lovable mother Midge on That ‘70s Show.

She is survived by O’Brien and her sister, Barbara Chase.