That ’70s Show’s Lisa Robin Kelly dead at 43

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Lisa Robin Kelly, who starred on That ’70s show as Eric’s flirtatious older sister, has died at the age of 43.

According to Lisa’s publicist, the recovering alcoholic went into cardiac arrest while sleeping at a California rehabilitation facility on August 14.

“She had been fighting demons for a while and finally lost her battle,” the publicist confirmed to TMZ.

We last reported on Lisa in June when she was arrested for her fourth time within four years.

Lisa Robin Kelly Arrested
Many of Lisa’s offenses were related to disputes with her estranged husband, Robert Gilliam. He recently served 35 days in jail for domestic battery of Lisa.

Lisa checked into her last rehabilitation facility on Monday, after she was dropped off by her new boyfriend. Her death will likely raise questions about the facility and how it goes about detoxification of patients: Unlike with opiates, withdrawals from chronic alcohol abusers can be fatal.

According to WebMD, alcohol withdrawal syndrome delirium tremens (DTs) generally set in within 48 to 72 hours of alcohol cessation.

Sources report needle marks were found on Lisa’s arms, but her boyfriend claims those were caused by nurses’ attempts to extract blood from her arms when he brought her to the hospital on Sunday. He said she had a 0.34 blood alcohol level that day.

Our thoughts are with Lisa’s family and friends. No matter the person’s history, losing a person so young is always tragic.

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  • M

    Another beautiful life lost to drugs. Very sad..

  • Slade

    I grew up watching That ’70s Show. May she rest in peace.

  • heyBale

    Ive been thru both opiates and alcohol problems. Kept me numb to losing my mother before her time… And I think I continued using after coming to grips with things because I was too scared to go thru withdrawal. Especially the craving for alcohol. And too proud to admit I needed help.
    I was fortunate enuff to just stop on my own and go cold turkey. The were many a sleepless nites, but I concentrated on the bigger picture to get me thru. Tired of being scared of my dependency. Its no way live day to day like that. Those days seem so long ago, but are still very vivid.

    Hurts to think another person had to meet their demise in such a fashion.
    Only silver lining is that she’s in a better place away from her struggles.

  • sissa

    Just an fyi, opiate withdrawal can be fatal as well. It is the next dangerous drug/chemical to withdrawal from after alcohol. I only know because I’ve been there and it is quite scary! So sad that another person is lost to this horrid disease.

  • twelfthnight

    This was just a matter of time. I’m surprised it didn’t happen sooner. Sad to hear, though.