“I’m very sad to have to post this. Yes, Tanya died today. I have a broken heart,” said a post on her official Facebook fan page, which was attributed to her publicist Mike Pingel.
Roberts had been hospitalized since Dec. 24 after breaking down while walking with her dogs last month, Pingel told the Hollywood Reporter. Her death was reportedly unrelated to COVID-19. She was only seen chatting live with fans on December 19th and is said to be in good health.
According to their official Facebook page, one of their fan shows – scheduled for January 2nd – has been canceled without an explanation.
“I’m devastated. She was brilliant and beautiful and I feel like a light has been taken away. To say she was an angel would be high on the list. She was the cutest person you ever will and who you had. She loved her fans and I don’t think she realized how much she meant to them, “said Pingel THR.
During her three-decade career, Roberts has appeared in both film and television, and in 1980 received her first prominent role in the final season of “Charlie’s Angels,” in which she appeared as Julie Rogers, a character who played a role in the Solving crimes helped.
“RIP Tanya Roberts. She was one of my favorite Charlie Angels. She received her real angel wings today,” wrote a user on Twitter.
She later appeared in 1985 alongside actor Roger Moore as the Bond girl in “A View to a Kill”. Roberts played Stacey Sutton, an American geologist targeted by antagonist Max Zorin, played by veteran actor Christopher Walken. The film was the last time Moore played the iconic role.
Roberts was best known to modern audiences for her role as Midge Pinciotti, Donna Pinciotti’s mother on the television sitcom “That ’70s Show.”
Her character was known for teasing her teenage daughter and for bringing comedic ease during dramatic moments on the program.
“That 70s Show was her favorite show, she really loved doing comedy,” Pingel said USA today.
She left the Fox sitcom in 2001 to take care of her terminally ill husband, although she was featured on a few episodes in 2004.
Roberts was born Victoria Leigh Blum in New York and began a career as a model before going to the cinema in 1976 with the horror film “Forced Entry”.
She married screenwriter Barry Roberts in the 1970s and they stayed together until his death in 2006.
She is survived by her partner Lance O’Brien and her sister Barbara.