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Despite earlier reports to the contrary, actress Tanya Roberts did not die on Sunday, according to a new statement obtained by TMZ. (UPDATE: It has now been confirmed that Roberts died on Monday night.)
Roberts’ rep Mike Pingel explains that Roberts’ domestic partner Lance was contacted by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Monday morning to inform him that she is still alive. Following a discouraging visit to the hospital on Sunday night, Lance incorrectly believed that Roberts had died; he passed this misinformation along to Pingel, who confirmed it to the media. Roberts, 65, was hospitalized in Los Angeles after collapsing on Christmas Eve.
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Roberts is known to many as Midge, the mother of Donna Pinciotti (played by Laura Prepon), on That 70’s Show, a woman who was consistently the center of attention to all the young neighborhood guys. She appeared in 81 episodes (1998-2004) throughout the Fox comedy’s eight-season run.
In fact, That ’70s Show star Topher Grace paid tribute to Roberts on Monday, calling her “a delightful person to work with.” Ashton Kutcher, who also starred on the Fox comedy, was happy to report, “Yo bro she’s not dead.” Behold that exchange below:
yo bro she's not dead
— ashton kutcher (@aplusk) January 5, 2021
Roberts is also beloved for her year-long stint on Charlie’s Angels, playing Julie Rogers in Season 5 (1980-1981). Her character helped fellow Angels Kris and Kelly (Cheryl Ladd and Jacyln Smith, respectively) solve crimes until the series’ cancellation in 1981. Her other TV credits include The Love Boat, Silk Stalkings, Fantasy Island, The Blues Brothers Animated Series and Barbershop.
TVLine has reached out to Roberts’ rep for comment.
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