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'That '70s Show' Star

Dead at 43

8/15/2013 5:50 PM PDT UPDATED: 8/15/2013 12:48 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0815_lisa_robin_kelly_getty2Lisa Robin Kelly -- who played Eric Forman's older sister on "That '70s Show" --  has died ... TMZ has learned.

The 43-year-old actress passed away in her sleep Wednesday night at a rehab facility in California.

We spoke with Kelly's agent who tells us the actress had just voluntarily checked herself in for treatment for an alcohol problem this past week ... and was determined to clean herself up.

The agent tells us, "She had been fighting demons for a while and finally lost her battle."

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Sources tell us Lisa had been in and out of rehab centers hoping to kick her alcohol problem ... and most recently fell off the wagon after a huge dispute with her estranged husband Robert Gilliam.

Sources say ... 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.

Lisa filed for divorce from Gilliam back in July.

We're told Lisa's new boyfriend brought her to rehab again on Monday ... but she went into cardiac arrest late Wednesday night and could not be saved.

The boyfriend blames her estranged husband for the relapse.

Sources connected with the attempted rescue tell TMZ ... when emergency responders arrived at the rehab facility, they found needle marks on both of Lisa's arms.

However, her BF tells us the reason for the needle marks is that he took Lisa to a hospital on Sunday -- because she had a .34 blood alcohol level ... and nurses made multiple attempts to insert a needle into her vein to extract blood. 

After several attempts, medical personnel were able to use a vein on the top of Lisa's wrist.

Kelly had been troubled for the past couple of years -- she was arrested at least 4 times in the past 3 years for DUI, spousal abuse and assault.

0815_lisa_robin_kelly_mugsBesides "That '70s Show," Kelly had appeared in several TV shows and movies including "Amityville Dollhouse."



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31.

Susan    

Isn't anyone paying attention to these people who are on the brink of possible suicide or dying? They do send out warnings.

245 days ago
32.

lee123    

http://en.mediamass.net/people/lisa-robin-kelly/deathhoax.html

245 days ago
33.

barf    

just sad. rest in peace, no more pain now...

245 days ago
34.

IceGypsy    

That's really sad to hear. She was a funny woman, it's a shame that drugs / booze took over her life. RIP Lisa

245 days ago
35.

Jessica    

So sad.....I hope her soul is finally at peace with the Lord....

245 days ago
36.

Tracy Mattax    

Not surprised but so sorry to hear that. At least she did not die horribly but in her sleep at a place where she was trying to get help.

245 days ago
37.

Buddy Lee    

Did she off herself like Gia?

245 days ago
38.

DRod    

wow...so sad

245 days ago
39.

Cristylove    

sad buy I saw this coming =(

245 days ago
40.

jaguirre87    

Atleast she's not suffering anymore.

245 days ago
41.

worldclass    

Aww I hope she finally got that peace. RIP

245 days ago
42.

Caution    

This low life b!.tch tried to cheat her ex out of money that he rightly deserved so she took the easy way out!!!! Very "classy", Lisa. You can drop dead.

245 days ago
43.

Chuck44    

So sad. R.I.P.

245 days ago
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_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

Well, she did have a great run on That 70's Show.

245 days ago
45.

Euro0083    

Not surprising but still sad. Its a shame she was never able to get her life together. RIP xo

245 days ago
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