‘That '70s Show’ Star Died From Multiple Drugs, Coroner Says

'That '70s Show' Star Died From Multiple Drugs, Coroner Says

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Lisa Robin Kelly died in August after entering a rehab facility

Lisa Robin Kelly, the troubled actress who played bad girl Laurie Forman on the Fox sitcom “That '70s Show,” died of multiple drug intoxication, the Los Angeles County coroner's department said Friday.

Kelly died at age 43 in August 2013, after entering a rehab facility in an effort to clean up. Her rehab stay was preceded by a history of legal and substance-abuse woes.

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Further details from the coroner's department were scant, aside from the fact that the fatal intoxication took place by oral ingestion, and that the manner of death was accidental.

The coroner's report, which requires additional time for transcription, is not yet available to the public.

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Kelly's agent told TheWrap at the time of the actress’ death that she had been “hopeful and confident” in her final days.

“Lisa had voluntarily checked herself into a treatment facility early this week where she was battling the addiction problems that have plagued her these past few years,” the agent told TheWrap. “I spoke to her on Monday and she was hopeful and confident, looking forward to putting this part of her life behind her. Last night she lost the battle.”

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However, her entry into rehab had been preceded by a difficult period for Kelly. Replaced on “That '70s Show” for the series’ sixth season, Kelly had made headlines for troubled behavior in the months leading up to her death. Kelly was arrested in November 2012 for allegedly assaulting her husband, and earlier that year had been charged with corporal injury of a spouse.

While denying the March assault — charges were eventually dropped — the actress did tell “Good Morning America” that she had developed a drinking problem after suffering a miscarriage.

“I had lost a baby, and as a result of that, I lost everything, and I was abusing alcohol, which I no longer do,” Kelly, who claimed to be sober for three months at the time of the interview, said. “With ‘That '70s Show,’ I was guilty of the drinking problem and I ran. And I am not running from this. And I have paid my dues. And if I can make it through this, I can make it through anything.”

  • solipsist mine

    Bizarre that this story would run before information is available as to
    the specifics of the drugs ingested. That is, were the drugs illicit,
    illegal drugs? Were they drugs for which she had prescriptions and it
    appeared she'd abused them to obtain a high? Were they prescribed drugs
    that simply shouldn't have been taken concurrently? Were they legitimately prescribed drugs that should not have been combined, but there's reason to suspect Kelly did not know that – for example, perhaps they were prescribed by multiple doctors? Further, some drugs – even some widely thought to be harmless – can be extremely toxic. (For example, for some people, taking 4 Tylenol has led to
    organ failure and death.) Any similarly misunderstood drugs among those
    taken by Kelly?

    The clear implication here is that Kelly was killed by illicit drugs, or
    prescribed drugs being abused to get high, when it's entirely possible
    the specifics might indicate or even prove something quite different, and
    tell a significantly different story.

    The Wrap was so anxious to get “credit” for first releasing the very limited information it does have that it has ignored the obligation to put out information in
    context, and in a way that doesn't mislead or misinform the consumer.