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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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76.

Crackhead    

If you hadn't been so mean to Kelso, I might care.

377 days ago
77.

Chunkydischarge    

I think you will see after the autopsy and toxicology findings, which are standard in a case like this that Lisa, died from excitotoxicity

377 days ago
78.

perfectonionring    

Goodbye, Wisconsin!!!

377 days ago
79.

charlei harper    

I think it's a hoax...

377 days ago
80.

Dennie    

May she finally be at peace.

377 days ago
81.

kenblazed    

Ya had to put the mugshots? ...Harvey is a little pvssy

377 days ago
82.

jay26mc    

Saw that coming.

377 days ago
83.

Pimpcessa    

Why wouldn't they have emergency medical attention in a rehab facility? I would think that drying out that quickly could be a serious jolt to the system, and could induce convulsions and other trauma to the heart and other organs.

377 days ago
84.

PentiumB    

Oh geeze - now her idiot husband will get the rest of her money. This is all sad in more ways than one.

377 days ago
85.

Dot    

Such a sad story. May she now rest in peace.

377 days ago
86.

debs    

She should have been drying out at the hospital not a rehab they can monitor them better from the DT's, so sad :(

377 days ago
87.

Uh oh i am screwed    

Most likely from detoxing :( Makes me wonder if she was being properly monitored during detox at the rehab place.

377 days ago
88.

BoricuaBabe    

Rest in Euphoria Lisa, you're free at last.
Pray for her Family.

377 days ago
89.

jakester    

very sad! shouldn't be breaking news. but very sad the demons got the best of her over the years and won!!!

377 days ago
90.

Sherms    

Now how in the HELL did she get into a rehab facility with needles and drugs???? Top notch facility, it seems.

377 days ago
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