Tanya Roberts’ Partner Describes His Final Moments With Her Before She Died | 22 Words

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.

TMZ were the ones to report that sixty-five-year-old Tanya, who initially rose to fame as Roger Moore’s love interest in A View to a Kill, had collapsed at home following a walk with her dog.

The publication then reported that Tanya had been taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles...

Where she was swiftly placed onto a ventilator.

Her publicist, Mike Pingel, then confirmed that she had passed away...

But his statement quickly led numerous media outlets, 22 Words included, to unknowingly publish false stories saying that she had died.

Of course, no one questioned these headlines...

And, very quickly, tributes to the actress came flooding in from heartbroken fans from all over the world.

Even her former That 70's Show costars made their tributes.

Actress Debra Jo Rupp shared a photo of herself and Tanya on set, writing: "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 the kitchen, drinking cocktails and laughing together. She laughed, spit her drink in my face, apologized profusely, and did it 3 more times. I loved her. RIP beauty."

Topher Grace quickly followed suit...

Sharing a photo of Tanya and paying homage to her onscreen character by writing: "We'll miss you Midge."

However, in the hours following Pingel's damning announcement...

There was a sudden change of events.

Pingel suddenly retracted his claim.

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The 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...

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And 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...

During a television interview with Inside Edition - I know, just when you thought the story couldn't get any more bizarre.

As Inside Edition’s Steven Fabian was interviewing Lance, he received a phone call...

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And, upon answering it, he could be heard exclaiming: "Now, you are telling me she's alive?"

"Thank the lord!"

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Becoming 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...

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And, between sobs, exclaimed: "I'm so happy!"

The whole thing seemed very incredulous...

And then, it emerged that, following Lance's miracle discovery, things took a swift turn for the worst.

Tanya sadly passed away at the age of sixty-five.

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Truly heartbreaking.

Lance has now described his last moments with her...

Speaking to TMZ, he explained that he visited her in the hospital on Sunday where she was unresponsive and on a ventilator. But said when he told her he was there, she sat up and opened her eyes.

The movement led him to believe that she was responsive, but hospital staff confirmed it was in fact just a reflex.

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Lance 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.

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He 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...

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Though it isn't believed it was anything COVID-19 related. Rest in peace, Tanya Roberts.