Bond Girl and Charlie's Angels Actress Tanya Roberts Is Dead at 65
The actress's death was prematurely reported on Monday.
Actress Tanya Roberts, a former Bond Girl and Charlie's Angels star, died on Tuesday at age 65. The star's death was confirmed after being prematurely announced on Monday. According to reports, she collapsed on December 24 while walking her dogs and was taken to the hospital, where she was placed on a ventilator because she had difficulty breathing. Her representative later confirmed to People that she died of a urinary tract infection that had spread to her kidney, gall bladder, liver, and blood stream.
Her publicist mistakenly announced the actress's death earlier this week. Roberts's boyfriend of 18 years, Lance O'Brien, was being interviewed by Inside Edition when he got a call confirming she was still alive on Monday. "The hospital is telling me she is alive," O'Brien told the show, crying tears of joy. "They are calling me from the ICU team." Unfortunately, her death was confirmed the following day.
Roberts — who was born Victoria Leigh Blum — starred in the James Bond film A View to a Kill and appeared on the sitcom That '70s Show. She is also remembered for her role as "queen of the jungle" Sheena and the character Julie Rogers in the 1970s television series Charlie's Angels.
Her longtime friend and representative, Mike Pingel, spoke to The Hollywood Reporter after her death. "I'm devastated. She was brilliant and beautiful and I feel like a light has been taken away. To say she was an angel would be at the top of the list," he said. "She was the sweetest person you'd ever meet and had a huge heart. She loved her fans, and I don't think she realized how much she meant to them."