Bond girl and Tanya Roberts died from ‘urinary tract infection’

Bond girl and Charlie's Angel actress Tanya Roberts passed away on Monday evening aged 65.

The cause of death has been revealed as her heartbroken husband Lance O'Brien opened up about the mix-up over the premature announcement of her passing.

The movie icon passed away at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles and a rep for Roberts confirmed her death to Metro.co.uk on Tuesday.

Mike Pingel penned in a statement: "With a heavy heart I can confirm the death of Tanya Roberts (age 65) last night on January 4, 2021 around 9:30pm PT at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA.

"Her 18-year domestic partner Lance O’Brien received the phone call from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center last night at their home confirming her passing.

"Roberts’ cause of death was from a urinary tract infection which spread to her kidney, gallbladder, liver and then blood stream.

"Today, January 5, 2021 at 10:00am PT, O’Brien picked up Roberts’ personal possessions from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center."

Pingel continued: "Roberts was an animal rights activist. In lieu of flowers, they are asking for donations to be given in Roberts name to the ASPCA.

"An online memorial for Tanya Roberts will be announced shortly. The family ask for privacy as they mourn her death."

Mr O’Brien told TMZ on his way to collect her personal effects at the hospital: "What’s got this whole thing screwed up is the Covid thing, I couldn’t even see her in the hospital.

"They took her away on December 24, they go, 'OK, she’s getting better'.

"They gave her some blood sugar because her sugar was low and she’s responding.

"I thought this was going to be a short-lived event, going to the hospital and the next thing they go 'she's in an emergency room, you can’t visit her' and 'you can’t talk to her because she’s on a ventilator'."

He went on to add that his wife "looked up" and opened up eyes when he went to visit her two days ago.

The grieving husband told the doctors that Tanya was "responding" but they explained it was "just a reflex".

"Then about 90 seconds later her eyes rolled back in her head, she was out and I was just beside myself,’ he said.

Detailing the mix-up, O’Brien said: "Mike [Pingel, Roberts’ rep] asked me 'What happened?' and I said, 'I just said bye to Tanya' and that was that.

"'I came home, went to bed and just passed out and the next thing I’m reading on TMZ that she died and my phone starts blowing up."

Roberts became a household name after she replaced Shelly Hack in US TV series Charlie's Angels.

She joined Jaclyn Smith and Cheryl Ladd as crime fighting babe Julie.

In 1985 she landed a role in the fourteenth James Bond film A View To A Kill.

Starring alongside Roger Moore, Roberts played the role of gun-wielding Stacey Sutton.

In 1998, Roberts based the role of Midge Pinciotti on US sitcom That '70s Show.

She played Pinciotti until 2001 when she quit the series to look after her then husband Barry Roberts who was terminally ill.

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