Actress Lisa Robin Kelly, who starred in the hit tv series That ’70s Show, died two days ago while in rehab. I missed this news and only came to know about it through my cousin. The Connecticut native Kelly made her debut in a 1992 episode of Married… with Children and also had appearances in shows like Silk Stalkings, Renegade, Sisters, Murphy Brown & The X-Files. She also had small roles as well in direct-to-video and TV movies, such as Amityville Dollhouse, Late Last Night and Jawbreaker.
However she became well known for playing Laurie, the promiscuous older sister of Eric Forman in That 70s Show, a sitcom that was hugely popular for many years. She left the show after five years as her character left to attend beauty school and briefly returned for 4 episodes but was replaced in the show by Christina Moore. Kelly admits that her drinking problem cause her to leave the show. She’s been arrested & charged with drunk driving and last year was arrested on a felony charge of corporal injury upon a spouse (an ex-boyfriend), released after paying a $50,000 bail. In November 2012, police arrested the 42-year-old Kelly and her 61-year-old husband Robert Joseph Gilliam after responding to a disturbance at their home. Both were charged with assault and released on bond. On June 23, 2013, Kelly was arrested for a suspected DUI when law enforcement responded to a call about a parked car blocking a lane of traffic on the 5 freeway and she failed a field sobriety test
Kelly died on the evening of August 14, 2013, at the Pax House substance abuse facility in Altadena, California, a place her manager says she had voluntarily checked herself into. The cause of her death was not immediately known, and the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office said it was waiting for test results. There were conflicting reports whether she overdosed or died in her sleep from cardiac arrest. Her lifestory is a textbook example for people who flirt with alcoholism. The picture below shows her during the height of her popularity & last year! What a change!
Lisa Robin Kelly (March 1970 – August 14, 2013)