After news broke yesterday that Tanya Roberts has died, her partner, Lance O'Brien, has described his final moments with her.
Here's what we know...
Rumor's of the actress's "death" first surfaced on December 24th.
Really very sad to hear of the passing of #TanyaRoberts . Far too early. R.I.P— Stevie M. 🇪🇺 (@Stevie M. 🇪🇺)1609755129.0
The publication then reported that Tanya had been taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles...
I’m in shock. I watched her zoom shows regularly she seemed in perfect health. I met her once and she was so sweet.… https://t.co/cDvPCz2v6z— chris fig (@chris fig)1609731389.0
Her publicist, Mike Pingel, then confirmed that she had passed away...
I was so sad to read that Tanya Roberts has passed away at the age of 65. I always called her the "Underrated Angel… https://t.co/6tmnqTyoVf— Amanda Reyes (@Amanda Reyes)1609727082.0
Of course, no one questioned these headlines...
R.I.P. Tanya Roberts. She was one of my favorite Charlie's Angels. She gained her real angel wings today. https://t.co/OeKvTKPdvU— chris jenkins (@chris jenkins)1609728343.0
Even her former That 70's Show costars made their tributes.
Tanya had a big deep hearty laugh. She was all instinct and beauty. In the first season of 70’s we had a scene in t… https://t.co/sk5BjxHwzX— Debra Jo Rupp (@Debra Jo Rupp)1609796232.0
Topher Grace quickly followed suit...
I was so sad to hear that Tanya Roberts has passed away. She was a Bond girl, one of Charlie’s Angels, and truly a… https://t.co/oX4K31RR8k— Topher Grace (@Topher Grace)1609775038.0
However, in the hours following Pingel's damning announcement...There was a sudden change of events.
Pingel suddenly retracted his claim.
via: GettyThe actress' publicist told the Associated Press that Tanya was, indeed, still alive as of 10 am in California, but was in a poor condition.
He added that he was awaiting further updates on Roberts’ condition...
via: GettyAnd then told the PA news agency that her family was waiting for further news from medics, adding, “It does not look good."
Of course, people were very confused by his sudden retraction...How can someone be reported as dead when, to put it simply, they are quite visibly alive?
And, to make this whole scenario even stranger...It emerged that her long-term partner, Lance O'Brien, had also believed that Tanya had died.
But he quickly discovered the truth...
imagine what tanya roberts is feeling rn 😂— strawberry (@strawberry)1609842402.0
As Inside Edition’s Steven Fabian was interviewing Lance, he received a phone call...
via: Inside EditionAnd, upon answering it, he could be heard exclaiming: "Now, you are telling me she's alive?"
"Thank the lord!"
via: Inside EditionBecoming visibly emotional, Lance could then be seen telling the reporter: "The hospital is telling me she's alive... They're calling me from the ICU."
He then broke down into tears...
via: Inside EditionAnd, between sobs, exclaimed: "I'm so happy!"
The whole thing seemed very incredulous...
If I'm ever sick or injured, please don't take me to the hospital that said Tanya Roberts was dead when she wasn't.… https://t.co/xVsNpU0wa2— Röckbert Jänke (@Röckbert Jänke)1609847997.0
Tanya sadly passed away at the age of sixty-five.
via: GettyTruly heartbreaking.
Lance has now described his last moments with her...
Lance O’Brien, the longtime partner of Tanya Roberts, said on Monday night that he had been recounting visiting Ms.… https://t.co/pT8VjYk3t5— Neil Vigdor (@Neil Vigdor)1609818644.0
The movement led him to believe that she was responsive, but hospital staff confirmed it was in fact just a reflex.
via: GettyLance then explained that he beside himself and so decided to leave, where he was picked up by Tanya's rep Mike Pingel.
He explained what happened to Mike, which may explain the premature announcement.
via: IMDBHe told TMZ that he said, "I just said goodbye to Tanya," and then he went home and fell asleep, only to wake up later to phone calls about her passing.
A cause of death is yet to be confirmed...
via: GettyThough it isn't believed it was anything COVID-19 related. Rest in peace, Tanya Roberts.