At the age of 65, hours after her publicist wrongly announced her death, James Bond star Tanya Roberts died.
This week, the actress who played Stacey Sutton’s role alongside Sir Roger Moore in his final Bond movie, “A View To A Kill,” was at the core of a bizarre creation.
On Monday, her representative confirmed that, not long after she was quoted as saying she was dead, she was still alive.
Roberts’ publicist, Mike Pingel, announced Tuesday that she died at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles on Monday night.
Her 18-year-old partner, Lance O’Brien, was informed by the hospital of the death, Mr. Pingel added.
Her cause of death, he said, was an infection of the urinary tract that spread to her kidney, gallbladder, liver, and then to the bloodstream.
When Mr. Pingel was quoted by the U.S. website TMZ, the untimely news of Roberts’ death surfaced Sunday.
The outlet had Mr. O’Brien’s quotes and tributes were paid to Roberts on social media.
Mr. O’Brien seems to have falsely assumed that she had died and told Mr. Pingel, who conveyed the false information to the media.
Mr. Pingel later said that at 10am local time (6pm GMT) on Monday, Roberts was still still alive.
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TMZ had earlier announced that on December 24, Roberts had collapsed while walking her dogs and was hospitalized.
Mr. O’Brien appeared to find out that Roberts was still alive when he received a call from the hospital on camera during an interview with the U.S. television program Inside Edition.
“I’m so happy.”I am so happy.
Roberts, born Victoria Leigh Blum in 1955, grew up in New York before moving in search of fame to Hollywood in 1977.
Her chance came when she replaced Shelley Hack in the Charlie’s Angels TV series, becoming, alongside Jaclyn Smith and Cheryl Ladd, the third angel.
She was nominated for a Golden Raspberry for Worst Actress following her role in 1985’s A View To A Kill.