‘That 70’s Show’ was a hit comedy TV show (that aired from 1998 to 2006) revolving around a group of teenage friends, their mishaps, and their coming of age, set in 1970s Wisconsin. The show helped launch the careers of Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher. Now the show is back in the limelight but with some really sad news. One of the show’s consistent and very funny characters has passed away – in real life. Addiction has taken away yet another talented individual from the big screen.
Lisa Robin Kelly who played Laurie, the promiscuous and ditzy sister of Eric Forman on That 70’s Show has passed away in her sleep two days after she checked into rehab. It seems like the funny starlet battled alcoholism for many years and had been in and out of recovery over the past 3 years. In a 2012 interview with NBC News she admitted to leaving That 70’s Show after 5 years because of a drinking problem. In the interview she looked a bit wired and as if she was trying to redeem herself from all the accusations of drug use.
“With That 70’s Show, I was guilty of the drinking problem and I ran. And I’m not running from this, I have paid my dues. And if I can make it through this, I can make it through anything”, she told NBC NEWS correspondent Abbie Boudreau.
Kelly’s agent, Wyckoff, told E! News, “Unfortunately Lisa Robin Kelly passed away last evening. 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. 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.
He added: “Cause of death has not been issued yet and no death certificate has been issued either.”
Unlike some of her co-stars — Grace, Ashton Kutcher and Laura Prepon — Kelly fell out of the spotlight after appearing on the sitcom until she started making headlines for personal troubles.
She was arrested in November along with husband Robert Joseph Gilliam in connection with a disturbance at their home in Mooresville, N.C.
In June, she was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after her car stalled in Burbank, Calif.
Alcoholism is a chronic and progressive disease that can lead to death. If not treated alcoholism can cause serious withdrawal symptoms during the detox process. Considering she was only in rehab a few days, she might have died as a direct result of her alcoholism but no cause of death has been determined. Either way this news is very sad and it just reminds us of how serious drug addiction is.
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Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisa_Robin_Kelly https://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/lisa-robin-kelly-70s-show-star-explains-domestic-16077412 https://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/story/2013/08/16/lisa-robin-kelly-that-70s-show-dies.html