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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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46.

Star Whacker    

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

253 days ago
47.

John    

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..

253 days ago
48.

THE TUNNEL    

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

253 days ago
49.

Mike    

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).

253 days ago
50.

Jody    

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

253 days ago
51.

Timmy Boy    

She was so hot. What a waste.

253 days ago
52.

candles    

this is not surprising to me.

253 days ago
53.

Timmy Boy    

Laurie:

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

253 days ago
54.

smurfya    

Booze withdrawal is the most dangerous

253 days ago
55.

dickn2000    

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

253 days ago
56.

August    

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

253 days ago
57.

GB    

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

253 days ago
58.

Jon    

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

253 days ago
59.

MG    

sad and broken....rest in peace

253 days ago
60.

Nancy Reagan    

just another doper - Just Say No said Nancy

253 days ago
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