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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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61.

Kelly Jack    

Her boyfriend BLAMES her EX for HER relapse?? Thats BS, blame her disease!!

343 days ago
62.

moloch13    

They are dropping like flies these days, these celebrities.

343 days ago
63.

Dickeydoo    

Looks like Nicole Richie in the middle..

343 days ago
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charm2bereal    

I just wanted to day that this is sad and no one should ever die from their addictions but sadly this is way to common and for those of you that are being disrespectful, remember that there is someone out there talking about that time you and they did something messed up and would not like anyone to know, remember that YOU have secrets too and would not want to be judged on them. :-(

343 days ago
65.

Jon    

Never heard of her but I'm sure she will be famous after they make the movie 'inspired' by the true story. In that she will be a champion of underprivileged children, a protector of the environment, an upholder of world peace, a PhD scholar, a virgin and a victim of misogyny. Can't wait for that tear-jerker.

343 days ago
66.

TMZCrazy    

So sorry to hear this. There's more to life than drugs and alcohol. This is the end result. And remember,make love not war!

343 days ago
67.

VictoriaGirl    

How does the now ex-boyfriend figures that its her ex-husbands fault that she relapsed? Did he stick a needle in her arm or shove a bottle of alcohol in her mouth? If not then how is it his fault? When an addict dies the only one to blame is the addict. THEY chose to start taking drugs/drinking. Its no one elses fault.

343 days ago
68.

Criss    

Sad. She was way too young. Such a waste!

343 days ago
69.

Tony H.    

Even sadder that she made it into rehab and STILL died.

343 days ago
70.

SarahBeebee    

Saw it coming. I remember after her 2012 DUI she went on some show saying she is drug free and sober and then a month later Her boyfriend filmed her in her home of her high and drunk and he posted it on youtube. He tried selling it to tmz first but when tmz didn't buy it. he posted it on youtube. I watched it and it felt wrong watching it. She was basically passed out high on something and mumbling. It got removed from youtube soon after it was posted. Alot of people flagged it because it was just wrong. I felt so bad for her that her own boyfriend would post such a personal video on youtube.

343 days ago
71.

dd    

Very Sad, but it's not anyones fault but hers...RIP, I hope you really are at peace.

343 days ago
72.

BellaJ    

These things always happen in threes. May she finally be at peace.

343 days ago
73.

August    

Of course there's NO REFUNDS on her dozens of 12-Step religious AA/NA cult Treatment Programs that have failed her OVER & OVER!

343 days ago
74.

Smuck    

Wow. Scary as hell to me. I went cold turkey 3 yrs ago and no facility. Could happen to anyone. There is no immunity to death. May the Lord shelter those hurting from this with his grace. To you folks you have only ugly to share, this could happen to someone you love. Try reflection.

343 days ago
75.

spliffsmommy    

hmm..gia...lisa...who will be contestant # 3 in this game of ''they die in 3s''?

343 days ago
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