Tanya Roberts Is Still Alive, Says Publicist Who Reported She Had Died


A miscommunication led to erroneous reports about the 65-year-old actress, known for her roles in the James Bond movie “A View to a Kill,” and in the television shows “Charlie’s Angels” and “That ’70s Show.”

Hours after announcing the death of Tanya Roberts, the actress known for starring opposite Roger Moore in his final turn as James Bond and for her roles in “Charlie’s Angels” and “That ’70s Show,” her publicist said on Monday that he had done so in error.

The publicist, Mike Pingel, said in an interview on Monday night that Ms. Roberts, 65, was hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and in grave condition for an unspecified illness.

The information contradicted earlier accounts that Mr. Pingel had given to several media outlets that had reported that Ms. Roberts had died.

Mr. Pingel said that he had relied on information from Lance O’Brien, Ms. Roberts’s longtime partner.

“It’s a human miscommunication, unfortunately,” Mr. Pingel said. “People have been writing beautiful amazing stories on her. It’s a shame this happened.”

Mr. O’Brien said in a separate interview on Monday night that Ms. Roberts had been hospitalized since Dec. 24 after feeling ill after a hike a few days earlier in their Hollywood Hills neighborhood. Ms. Roberts developed sepsis after infection and her prognosis is bleak, he said.

Mr. O’Brien said he had been recounting visiting Ms. Roberts on Sunday at the hospital to Mr. Pingel and told the publicist that “I just said goodbye to her.” In what he called an “innocuous” miscommunication, he said that Mr. Pingel had been under the impression that Ms. Roberts had died.

“I was an emotional wreck,” Mr. O’Brien said.

Then, he said, he started to receive push notifications on his phone regarding Ms. Roberts’s death.

“My phone blew up,” he said.

Among the media organizations that had reported Ms. Roberts was dead based on information from her publicist were The Associated Press, USA Today, the website TMZ and The Hollywood Reporter. The Washington Post published an obituary of Ms. Roberts by The Associated Press on its website, which it later appended with a note saying that the report had relied on information provided by her publicist.

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