Lisa Robin Kelly, 'That 70s Show' Actress, Dies At 43 In Rehab
Lisa Robin Kelly struggled with alcohol abuse during her time on 'That 70s Show'
Lisa Robin Kelly, best known for playing Eric Forman’s older sister on That 70s Show, died Wednesday night at a California rehab facility. She was 43.
Kelly, 43, passed away in her sleep Wednesday night after going into cardiac arrest, TMZ reported. Needle marks were reportedly spotted on Kelly’s arms, but her boyfriend insists that they were not from drug use. He claims they were from nurses’ attempts to extract blood from her during a hospital visit on Monday in which her BAC was recorded at .34.
Afterwards, the boyfriend brought Kelly to the rehab facility where she voluntarily checked herself in to combat her ongoing problem with alcohol. "Lisa had voluntarily checked herself into a treatment facility early this week where she was battling the addiction problems that have plagued her these past few years,” Lisa’s agent Craig Wyckoff said in a statement.
“I spoke to her on Monday and she was hopeful and confident, looking forward to putting this part of her life behind her,” Wykoff continued. "[Wednesday] night she lost the battle. Cause of death has not been issued yet and no death certificate has been issued either.”
Kelly acted on That 70s Show as a regular during the show’s first three seasons. She returned to the series in the fifth season for a five-episode arc, but was later replaced in the role by Christina Moore. Kelly later revealed it was her drinking that ruined her career on the sitcom. "With That 70s Show I was guilty of a drinking problem, and I ran," she told ABC News last year, explaining, “I had lost a baby. As a result of that I lost it. I lost everything and I was abusing alcohol."
In recent years, Kelly had often found herself in trouble with the law. In 2010, she pled guilty to a DUI charge. Then, twice in 2012, she was arrested for spousal abuse – once against ex-boyfriend John Michas and once with her 61-year-old husband Robert Gilliam. In June of this year, Kelly was again arrested for a suspected DUI.
Kelly is survived by her husband.
– Chelsea Regan