Sad news today. Lisa Robin Kelly, whom many of us remember as Topher Grace's sassy older sister on That '70s Show, has passed away. TMZ reports that she suffered cardiac arrest while in a rehab facility. She was only 43 years old. Far too young to die. Lisa had a lot of issues over the past few years, so we already knew she was in trouble. She'd been arrested for DUI four times, spousal abuse, and assault. She was obviously a very troubled woman. But we hoped she'd pull out of it. Some do, some don't. Lisa is another one who tragically did not. And just when she was seeking help.
Reportedly, Lisa had been in a rehab facility in California. Lisa's agent told TMZ that she was determined to kick her alcoholism once and for all. She had recently fallen off the wagon again after a huge fight with her ex-husband, who reportedly was warring with her over residuals from That '70s Show.
Her ex, Robert Gilliam, was convicted of domestic battery last month and served 35 days in jail. He and Lisa had only been married for a month when they were both arrested for assault on each other last year. She filed for divorce last July.
Since then, Lisa got a new boyfriend and thankfully hasn't been in the news much. But before that, it was clear that Lisa was on a downward spiral, all you had to do was look at her various mugshots to see how much the alcohol abuse and stress of life was robbing her of her once-beautiful looks. Those pictures were screaming visual proof of Lisa's ill health and damaged soul.
On Sunday, her boyfriend rushed her to the hospital with a high blood alcohol level. What Lisa needed was help. And apparently she was getting it. Her boyfriend helped her check into rehab on Monday.
Only it was too late.
By Wednesday, Lisa reportedly died in her sleep after suffering cardiac arrest. There is only so much the heart can take.
Says her agent:
She had been fighting demons for a while and finally lost her battle.
But now she can rest in peace.
Do you remember Lisa?
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