Family of actress Tanya Roberts ‘in the process of’ confirming her death following premature announcement

Updated, Tuesday, 4:30 p.m. ET

CrimeOnline has received a statement from Tanya Roberts’ publicist confirming the actress’ passing on Monday night, and also revealing the cause of death. According to the statement from Mike Pingel, Roberts died of a “urinary tract infection which spread to her kidney, gallbladder, liver and then blood stream.”

The statement said that Roberts’ family has requested privacy, and directed anyone interested in a remembrance gift to make a donation to ASPCA in Roberts’ honor.

“An online memorial for Tanya Roberts will be announced shortly,” the statement read.


Former Bond girl and “That 70s Show” actress Tanya Roberts is believed to have died on Monday night, shortly after her publicist prematurely announced her death the night before, later retracting the statement.

Roberts’ longtime partner Lance O’Brien had confirmed her death to multiple outlets, reportedly saying that staff at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills called him on Monday night around 9:30 to say that Roberts was dead. Prior to this report, O’Brien, who appears to have been the original source for the erroneous death announcement, was the only source to have confirmed Roberts’ death in multiple reports published Tuesday.

CrimeOnline has since obtained additional comment from a relative.

Roberts’ nephew Zach Leary, the son of Roberts’ sister Barbara Chase and the late writer and psychologist Timothy Leary, told CrimeOnline he believes the latest reports about Roberts’ death are accurate, though the family was “still in the process” of receiving official confirmation as of Tuesday afternoon.

As previously reported, Roberts’ publicist Mike Pingel first announced Roberts’ death on Sunday, and later said O’Brien told him Roberts had “died in [my] arms” on Sunday night after doctors called O’Brien to the hospital, believing Roberts did not have much longer to live. O’Brien later told TMZ that he mistakenly believed Roberts had died, and left the hospital without speaking to any medical staff.

O’Brien was in the middle of a video interview with “Inside Edition” on Monday when he received a phone call, reportedly from the Cedar Sinai Medical Center’s Intensive Care Unit.

“The hospital’s telling me she’s alive,” he told the Inside Edition reporter, before breaking into sobs.

Reached by text message, Pingel told CrimeOnline that he would be releasing a statement Tuesday afternoon. He did not respond to a follow-up text message asking to confirm Roberts’ death.

Leary said he believed Roberts had been on on a ventilator in recent days, but did not yet know her cause of death. He said his mother, Roberts’ sister, was in the Los Angeles area and indicated that she is in communication with hospital and/or county officials.

Roberts was best known for her role in the James Bond movie “A View to a Kill” and as a recurring character on the popular comedy series “That 70s Show.”

His aunt was a “colorful, exciting, loving force through the years,” Leary said.

The Los Angeles County Coroner did not immediately reply to requests for comment.

CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.