Tanya Roberts' partner reveals cause of death

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  • Former Bond girl Tanya Roberts died at the age of 65 on Monday evening.
  • Her death was prematurely announced by her boyfriend, Lance O'Brien, who has since confirmed she dies as a result of a urinary tract infection.
  • When asked why he didn't confirm her death before announcing it to the press, Lance said he was unable to find a doctor as medical staff were battling with an influx of Covid-19 patients.

Lance O'Brien, Tanya Roberts' long-term partner, is opening up about her death after an emotional few days.

The former Bond girl was prematurely announced dead by Lance and her rep on Sunday evening. Lance passed the news on to Mike Pingel and said he thought she had died after closing her eyes.

On Monday morning, however, the hospital called Lance to say she's still alive, but she died a few hours later. This, shortly after a video of Lance receiving the news she's still alive made headlines.

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At the time little was known about the That '70s Show star's death. It was reported that the actor collapsed at her home in Los Angeles after returning from a walk with her dogs on Christmas Eve. Now, Lance has confirmed Tanya died at the age of 65 on 4 January due to a urinary tract infection, which spread to her kidney, gallbladder, liver and then bloodstream, reports E! News.

Lance has since spoken to NBC News, explaining that doctors told him they were dealing with an "end of life situation". He said he watched Tanya's eyes roll back and assumed she had died.

"I felt totally lost. I was crying and crying," he said of the Sunday visit. "Mike (Pingel) asked what happened. I told him I said goodbye."

On why he didn't confirm her death with medical staff, he said he was unable to find a doctor or nurse as they were overwhelmed with an influx of Covid-19 patients.

"Trying to get info out of these people is impossible," he said, though he did not blame the hospital.

"I didn't think this would be the last time I was going to be seeing her," he told the publication. "I didn't think it was that serious."      

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