Beloved actress Tanya Roberts is still alive, her rep revealed on Monday – just hours after he and her husband announced that she had died. Roberts is pictured in 2017
Bond girl Tanya Roberts’ partner yesterday learned she was alive during an interview less than 24 hours after he and her representative both announced she had died.
Obituaries for the 65-year-old former Charlie’s Angels star were published across the world on Sunday after her representative informed the media that she had died at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.
But in a stunning interview the next morning her husband Lance O’Brien received a phone call from the hospital.
‘Now, you are telling me she’s alive?’ O’Brien said, his face torn in anguish.
Sobbing, he told the interviewer: ‘The hospital is telling me she is alive. They are calling me from the ICU team.’
Roberts collapsed on Christmas Eve after returning home from walking her dogs and she was rushed to hospital and later put on a ventilator.
Despite his joy on learning she was alive, he has since revealed her condition is ‘dire,’ she is suffering from liver and kidney failure, and doctors have not given her long to live.
The actress does not have covid, rather a blood infection believed to be the result of a UTI, but due to social-distancing rules O’Brien can only have limited contact and said his final goodbyes to his wife of nearly two decades on Sunday.
‘I turn around and she’s completely passed out cold,’ he told
‘So when I came down the elevator I was distraught, I was lost, I was completely discombobulated. There was nobody there to guide me. I called her publicist Mike Pingel and I said I just said goodbye to Tanya.’
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Lance O’Brien, who has identified himself both as Roberts’ boyfriend and husband, was filming an interview for Inside Edition on Monday (pictured) when he received a phone call which he says was from the hospital where the former Bond girl is being treated
Video shows a look of shock washing over O’Brien’s face as he cries into the phone: ‘Now, you are telling me she’s alive?’ He then breaks down in tears and tells the interviewer: ‘The hospital is telling me she is alive. They are calling me from the ICU team’
Roberts’ rep, Mike Pingel (left with her), issued a press release on Sunday saying that the actress had died aged 65 on Saturday. But in a bizarre twist on Monday, Pingel announced that Roberts’ husband informed him that she was still alive
Roberts is best known for appearing opposite Roger Moore as Stacey Sutton in the 1985 Bond film A View To Kill. She is pictured in a promotional photo for the film in 1984
Pingel later issued a press release saying that Roberts – best known for appearing opposite Roger Moore in the 1985 Bond film A View To Kill – had died.
He explained: ‘Lance truly believed Tanya had died.’
The rep said he’d learned the tragic news of Roberts’ death from O’Brien, who told
‘As I held her in her last moments, she opened her eyes. I was able to see her beautiful eyes one last time. Tanya had the most beautiful eyes,’ O’Brien said Sunday.
‘When she saw me and I was there, I saw her eyes open up. I felt good. I said: “Hey, her eyes are opening. Her eyes are opening.” They told me that’s just a reflex.’
Then on Monday Pingel announced that the hospital had called O’Brien just after 10am and informed him that his wife was alive – as seen in the Inside Edition video.
But Pingel added that Roberts’ condition is ‘dire’, telling
O’Brien told The Sun: ‘Her kidneys are so far gone, her liver is so far gone, her gall bladder is so far gone. She also has a terrible blood infection. The doctors say it started out with a urinary tract infection.
‘The doctors say there’s no way she’s going to be the same. She always told me she didn’t want to be an invalid. She said if it got to this stage, end it for me.’
Pingel (left with Roberts) did not explain what sparked the confusion over her health status
He said that he was unable to return to the hospital because he would need special permission due to the pandemic and would prefer to let her die in dignity.
O’Brien said he had told doctors not to keep her on life support just so that he could see her: ‘I have seen her already, I got to hold her.’
He explained how sudden her illness had been, that Roberts was incredibly fit and would go hiking in the hills for up to four miles each day.
Roberts complained of feeling unwell on Christmas Eve and told O’Brien she wanted him to take her for a covid test the following day.
But early in the morning she collapsed on her way to the bathroom and as Lance tried to pick her up she was unable to control her legs or her arms.
An ambulance was called and she was admitted but O’Brien was not allowed to visit.
Her coronavirus test was negative and he was later able to speak to his wife on the phone. She told him that she was on 50 percent oxygen, which was an improvement to the 90 percent air she was breathing earlier.
‘So I’m figuring she’s going to be home in a day or two,’ O’Brien told The Sun.
The next day things improved further, with O’Brien informed that Roberts might need a colostomy bag for her kidneys for four to six weeks but that she could return home.
But he added: ‘Then they tell me she’s not going to get out of this, it’s end of life and if you are gong to come see her, come see her.’
O’Brien remains confused about how he was led to believe she was dead, saying that he was often speaking to different medics and, not being able to visit, it was hard to understand the time-frame when her prognosis was being relayed to him.
DailyMail.com has reached out to Pingel and Cedars-Sinai for clarification on how O’Brien could have thought his wife had died.
TMZ said it heard from several sources close to the family who claimed O’Brien called them with news of Roberts’ death on Sunday.
Roberts appeared to be looking healthy and in good spirits late last year. She is pictured with Pingel in a recent photo
Roberts frequently uploaded photos to Instagram, including a snap that showed her wearing a mask amid the COVID-19 pandemic as she signed fan photographs
The outlet had originally reported that Roberts collapsed after she returned home from walking her dog on December 24.
She was rushed to a hospital and placed on a ventilator but ‘never got better’, Pingel said, adding that her ‘death’ was not related to COVID-19.
Before her collapse, insiders said Roberts seemed ‘perfectly healthy’ and was participating in video chats with her fans.
In his original statement to TMZ, O’Brien said he had not been allowed to visit his wife in the hospital due to coronavirus protocols, but that staff made an exception when her condition took a turn for the worse on Saturday.
It’s unclear when O’Brien and Roberts tied the knot but reports indicated that the pair lived together at her home in Hollywood Hills.
Public records indicate that it was the same home Robert’s shared with her first husband, screenwriter Barry Roberts, who died in 2006. Tanya and Barry had been married for 32 years and had no children.
In addition to being a Bond Girl, Roberts starred in the fifth and final season of Charlie’s Angels between 1980 and 1981.
She is also famous for playing Midge Pinciotti in the hit sitcom, That 70s Show, appearing alongside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis.
Roberts was born Victoria Leigh Blum in October 1955 in New York City, before starting her career as a fashion model in her late teens.
She married Barry Roberts when she was just 19 in 1974, and started studying to become an actress at The Actors Studio with Lee Strasberg and Uta Hagen.
The leggy blonde made her film debut in 1975’s Forced Entry.
Roberts tied the knot with screenwriter Barry Roberts in 1974. She was just 19 years old at the time. The pair are pictured together in 1981
Roberts played geologist Stacey Sutton alongside Roger Moore (above together) in his seventh and final James Bond movie in 1985
Roberts was chosen above 2,000 other actresses to replace Shelley Hack in the fifth and final season of Charlie’s Angels, which aired between 1980 and 1981. She is pictured left
In 1998, Roberts returned to the small screen to play Midge in That 70s Show. She is pictured front row second from left. The show also starred Ashton Kutcher (back row second from left) and Mila Kunis (front row third from left)
Roberts and her husband relocated permanently to Los Angeles in 1977, which paid off in a big way three years later.
The beauty was chosen above 2,000 other actresses to replace Shelley Hack in the fifth and final season of Charlie’s Angels, which aired between 1980 and 1981.
However, she became a global sensation several years later, when she was elevated to ‘Bond girl’ status in 1985’s A View To A Kill.
In that film, she starred as sultry geologist Stacey Sutton alongside Roger Moore in his seventh and final James Bond movie.
Afterward, Roberts continued to work regularly with roles in films such as Body Slam, Twisted Justice, Purgatory and Legal Tender, which was written by her husband.
Roberts is is best known for appearing opposite Roger Moore in the 1985 Bond film A View To Kill (pictured)
Roberts and her husband, Barry, are pictured in 1985. Barry tragically passed away in 2006, leaving Roberts a widow after 32 years of marriage
In 1998, she returned to the small screen to play Midge in That 70s Show.
The hit Fox sitcom also starred Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, Wilmer Valderrama and Topher Grace.
She left the show in 2004 to take care of her husband who was terminally ill at the time. He tragically passed away two years later.
Roberts did not appear in any more films or television shows following her first husband’s death.
However, the beauty appeared to be looking healthy and in good spirits late last year.
She frequently uploaded photos to Instagram, including a snap that showed her wearing a mask amid the COVID-19 pandemic as she signed fan photographs.
Roberts is pictured with her dogs in a photo shared on her Instagram page last year. She had taken one of her canines out for a walk before she returned to her Hollywood Hills home and collapsed
Roberts starred as sultry geologist Stacey Sutton in the hit spy thriller