'That '70s Show' Actress Lisa Robin Kelly Dead at 43
In tragic, although not entirely unexpected news, former 'That '70s Show' actress Lisa Robin Kelly passed away last night at a rehabilitation facility in California.
As first reported by TMZ, Kelly passed away in her sleep late Wednesday night. The actress checked herself into rehab last week to battle her addiction to alcohol and drugs. Kelly's agent told TMZ that Kelly was determined to clean herself up and live a sober life, prior to her untimely passing. She had reportedly fallen off the wagon recently after a dispute with her estranged husband, Robert Gilliam.
Kelly's estranged husband beat her last May to obtain residual money from her show. He was convicted of domestic battery last month and sentenced to 3 years probation. He also served 35 days in jail for the beating. Kelly filed for divorce from her abusive husband back in July.
The cause of Kelly's death, according to TMZ, is cardiac arrest.
Kelly first broke into acting in an episode of 'Married with Children' in 1992. From there, she went on to appear in shows like 'Murphy Brown' and 'Charmed' before landing her role on the hit sitcom 'That '70s Show.' In 2010, Kelly was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol; her substance abuse issues became public record and she has appeared on many talk shows discussing her battles against addiction.
Kelly was forty-three years old.
Here is a clip from Kelly's most-successful television role, as Eric's (Topher Grace) older sister Laurie on 'That '70s Show:'
juanspookycracker: Drugs and alcohol are the factors that ended her life prematurely, and eradicated her natural beauty. Domestic violence certainly added to her unhappiness (or may have been the cause) but it didn't kill her. She took her own life into her hands when she began using meth and/or heroin. that seems to happen with a lot of celebrities.
Message Posted On Aug 19th, 2013, 7:17 pm
If you think that drugs & alc are the problem, try again! If you have ever been supressed without reason. Silenced or controlled by anyone else, then you should know what fear, imprisonment, confinement and abuse can really do to someone, who has had their own personal control and decisive freedoms removed, in an abusive relationship. The more you struggle, the tighter the noose. She was obviously scared to confront & deal with her abuser. She found faith in "Whatever happens next", because she felt afraid and alone. Just about middle aged and her abuser, "riding her coat-tails", at every point of possible independance. Everyone deserves the right to live their own life. To atleast feel alive with whatever dreams/desires. Take those natural capability's away and your nothing but a programmable-biological-machine/robot. That's not living..........that's slavery!
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Message Posted On Aug 19th, 2013, 1:09 pm
Message Posted On Aug 18th, 2013, 1:14 am
3 yrs probation? Seriously>>>>>>>>>>>>>?
Message Posted On Aug 17th, 2013, 6:48 pm
What a waste, such a beautiful woman, f**k alc and drugs!
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Message Posted On Aug 17th, 2013, 12:22 am
Maybe because, those who have any money left, can afford professional help and rehabilitation when they realise they have a problem -- something few regular folks who fell off the wagon are able to get.
Message Posted On Aug 15th, 2013, 7:00 am
Anyone else watch actors, well everyone including politicians, pupils to discover who is high when? Try it sometime. I'm amazed more aren't dead.