That ’70’s Show star Lisa Robin Kelly was found dead in a rehab facility in California. The 43-year-old actress reportedly died in her sleep Wednesday after suffering cardiac arrest. Lisa had voluntarily checked herself into the rehab program in her ongoing battle to conquer her alcohol problems.
“Unfortunately Lisa Robin Kelly passed away last evening. 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,” her manager Craig Wycoff said in a press statement, according to FoxNews.com. “I spoke to her on Monday and she was hopeful and confident, looking forward to putting this part of her life behind her. Last night she lost the battle.”
An agent for the actress said she had “been fighting demons for a while and finally lost her battle,” according to JustJared.com. Lisa Robin Kelly played leading character Eric Forman’s older sister on That ‘70’s Show. Her career had been on a downward spiral since her stint on the show as she struggled with alcohol addiction and was in and out of rehab centers. She was arrested four times over the past three years on charges of domestic abuse, assault and DUI.
According to TMZ.com, Kelly’s personal life wasn’t going well either in the years before her death. Kelly’s estranged husband Robert Gilliam allegedly beat her last year in an attempt to get her to give him residual money from her time on That ‘70’s Show. Lisa Robin Kelly filed for divorce from Gilliam in July and had a new boyfriend, who reportedly helped her check into rehab again on Monday. He allegedly blames Kelly’s death on the stress of her impending divorce on her estranged husband.
Danny Masterson, who played Steven Hyde on That ‘70’s Show, expressed his grief in a brief Twitter message. “Terrible,awful news. Brilliant on 70s…. See u next time LRK, kisses,” he said.
We loved Lisa on That ‘70’s Show, one of our favorite series of the last decade. Her rapid descent into a hellish life of alcoholism and trouble with the law was never a ‘glamourous’ story to the press, like Lindsay Lohan or Amanda Bynes. That doesn’t mean she wasn’t any less valuable a human being. We’ll miss you Lisa.