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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

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."

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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Star Whacker    

The 2010 photo looks like she's pleading for help. How sad. Will always love the show and her acting in it.

441 days ago


Sorry to hear it but it was the path she was on...

Her boyfriend needs to face the music and realize the needle marks are not from a iv .

If they need to IV her that bad and they can't use her blown out vessels in her arm they would have gone in from somewhere else..

441 days ago


Man, way too many young stars are dying off lately...What a tragedy...RIP Lisa...

441 days ago


What a shame and oh so very predictable. Bye, Lisa. You can rest now. Hopefully in peace.

By the way, how does a person in rehab have a .34 blood alcohol level? The staff needs to pay more attention to their patients and their visitors (visitors who obviously bring in booze).

441 days ago


And yet an entitled piece of crap like Lindsay Lohan keeps hanging on.

441 days ago

Timmy Boy    

She was so hot. What a waste.

441 days ago


this is not surprising to me.

441 days ago

Timmy Boy    


"Life is so complicated. You get old and die. Thank God I'm still young and hot" (That 70's Show)"

441 days ago


Booze withdrawal is the most dangerous

441 days ago


Is this woman's death so important the Fluffpost Flakes had to post it in two locations? I don't think so!

441 days ago


ANOTHER 12-Step religious AA/NA cult SUCCESS STORY.....

441 days ago


I know she'd had her issues over the years, but still sorry to read this. Hopefully she's now at peace.

441 days ago


It's kind of sad but I'm the movie will be a big hit.

441 days ago


sad and in peace

441 days ago

Nancy Reagan    

just another doper - Just Say No said Nancy

441 days ago
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