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“That 70’s Show” Star, Lisa Robin Kelly Dies at 43 in California Rehab

 

(Left) Kelly, as Laurie Forman on "That 70's Show." (Right) Police booking photo from Kelly's arrest in March 2012 in L.A.

Lisa Robin Kelly, who starred in the hit comedy series “That 70’s Show,” passed away on August 14, 2013, while staying in a California drug and alcohol rehab facility after battling with alcoholism for several years. She was determined to turn her life around in rehab after being arrested several times in the last few years for DUIs and other charges, but at only 43 years old, the actress reportedly died from a cardiac arrest in her sleep at the rehab facility, although the certainty of her cause of death has not been officially released to the public.

In a report by The Daily Beast, Lisa Robin Kelly’s agent, Craig Wyckoff, said that he “…spoke to her on Monday, and she was hopeful and confident, looking forward to putting this part of her life behind her.” The “That 70’s Show” actress had voluntarily admitted herself into the rehab facility for alcohol abuse treatment only a few days prior to her passing, her agent also told sources, saying that she “had been fighting demons for a while and finally lost her battle.”

It is possible, although not guaranteed, that Lisa Robin Kelly’s alcohol abuse contributed to her death. According to the American Heart Association “drinking too much alcohol can raise the levels of some fats in the blood (triglycerides). It can also lead to high blood pressure [and] heart failure.”

Sources close to Lisa Robin Kelly say she had been in and out of rehab centers attempting to overcome her alcohol abuse problem. Just recently she relapsed after a fight with her estranged husband Robert Gilliam. Lisa filed for divorce from Gilliam shortly after the fight, and Gilliam was arrested and convicted of domestic battery. He served 35 days in jail, leaving friends of Kelly blaming her estranged husband for her recent relapse.

Earlier this year, Lisa Robin Kelly spoke with ABC news about her struggle with alcohol abuse, confessing that alcohol abuse was the reason why she was fired from “That 70’s Show.”

The award-winning situational comedy aired from 1998-2006. Lisa Robin Kelly was on the show for only a few of those seasons, and she played Eric Forman’s older sister Laurie.

 

 

Sources:

“Alcohol and Heart Disease.” Heart.org. American Heart Association, n.d. Web. 16 Aug. 2013.

Cooper, Gael F. “Troubled ’70s Show’ Star Lisa Robin Kelly Dies at Age 43.” Nbcnews.com. NBC News, 15 Aug. 2013. Web. 16 Aug. 2013.

Klassen, Anna. “‘That ’70s Show’ Star Lisa Robin Kelly Dead at Age 43.” TheDailyBeast.com. Newsweek/Daily Beast, 15 Aug. 2013. Web. 16 Aug.

Marcus, Stephanie. “Lisa Robin Kelly Dead: ‘That ’70s Show’ Star Dies At Age 43.” TheHuffingtonPost.com. The Huffington Post, 15 Aug. 2013. Web. 16 Aug. 2013.

 

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Kevin Giles is a product of Santa Cruz, CA – the stoner capitol of the world. A born again Christian, Kevin loves his Lord Jesus and believes that his purpose in life is determined by God. He first entered drug recovery at the age of 19, suffering from an addiction to marijuana. He is a recent graduate of the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, where he earned his Master’s degree in Christian Ministry. Passionate about God’s Word, he aspires to become a pastor or missionary. Kevin has also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from California State University, Monterey Bay. His interests include traveling, movies, golf, fitness and reading. He also enjoys being outdoors as well as spending time with friends and family. Kevin’s faith, education and life experience give him a unique perspective on addiction, recovery and spirituality.

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