Roberts’ partner received the shocking news mid-interview
In a shocking turn of events actress Tanya Roberts’ death announcement was premature according to sources with the news delivered to her longtime partner during an interview. Roberts’ longtime partner of 18 years, Lance O’Brien, claimed the hospital staff led him to believe Roberts’ medical status was terminal and he should say his final goodbyes on January 3.
Shortly following what O’Brien thought was his last goodbyes with Roberts, he contacted Roberts’ publicist, Mike Pingel, who later delivered the new of the assumed death to NBC News. Roberts was mourned by many media outlets and fans until O’Brien got the shocking news during an interview on “Inside Edition.”
During the interview, O’Brien received a phone call and reacted emotionally stating the hospital called to correct their mistake in the premature death announcement. O’Brien further explains he got a call from the ICU department from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to deliver the news of Roberts’ condition which confused the timeline of Roberts’ passing.
Hours after announcing the death of Tanya Roberts, the actress known for starring opposite Roger Moore in his final turn as James Bond and for her roles in “Charlie’s Angels” and “That ’70s Show,” her publicist said on Monday that he had done so in error. https://t.co/l9Qkgfddwp
— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 5, 2021
The interview footage of O’Brien receiving the news from the hospital was a massive miscommunication error between parties but Roberts was pronounced dead 24 hours after the premature announcement. Roberts was initially admitted to the hospital after collapsing in her home on December 24 that seemed to be caused by liver function problems related to previous sepsis diagnosis and wasn’t diagnosed with COVID-19.
O’Brien revealed that he had limited access to visitation due to COVID-19 hospital protocols but said goodbye to Roberts during her last hours and leaving O’Brien to believe she died shortly after seeing her. Roberts’ publicist admits that he was mistaken in the timing of the announcement speaking closely with O’Brien before alerting the media. When the hospital called during the interview O’Brien thought she was recovering when it was a human miscommunication error.
Roberts is remembered for her roles on the hit TV shows including “That ’70s Show” and “Charlie’s Angels” as well as her role in one of the Bond films. Those who were close to Roberts send their condolences including former castmates.