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The mystery surrounding the shocking and untimely death of Lisa Robin Kelley, one of the stars of the 90s hit That ?70s Show, has finally been solved. After getting the toxicology results, the Los Angeles County Coroner has confirmed that the cause of death was accidental drug overdose.
Interestingly, the 43-year old actress died in August last year but the law enforcement officials were unable to trace alcohol or drugs in her system. Months later, toxicology report confirmed that she died from multiple drug intoxication.
What?s even more interesting is the fact that she died while seeking treatment. She voluntarily checked herself at the Pax House Rehab Center in Los Angeles, determined to get well. But 3 days later, she died in her sleep.
Lisa was in That ?70s Show, a Fox hit show that aired from 1998 to 2006 and featured Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, Topher Grace, Danny Masterson, Laura Prepon and Wilmer Valderrama . She played the role of Laurie Forman, the promiscuous older sister of Eric (played by Topher Grace).
But personal problems severely affected her work and in 2003, she was fired from the show. She was asked back for a few episodes until her character was recast and she was replaced by Christina Moore in Season 6.
She revealed in 2012 that she had a miscarriage when she left the show. In her interview, she said: ?I had lost a baby, as a result of that I lost it. I lost everything and I was abusing alcohol.?
Things went downhill from there. Since 2009, she?s had 4 arrests due to driving under the influence and assault. She was arrested in November 2012 for assault. 5 months earlier, she was apprehended for drinking while driving. Her alcohol abuse didn?t stop. In fact, a day before she went to rehab, she was rushed to the hospital because the alcohol content in her system reached .34?an almost fatal level.
Kelly is just one of the many former teen stars who suffered tremendous hardships due to fame and alcohol abuse. This isn?t new to us. We?ve all read, heard, and watched stories of former actors whose careers and personal lives either stagnated or plummeted down?or both?and there were some who managed to make a successful comeback.
This actress could?ve been one of them. According to her manager Craig Wyckoff, Lisa was determined to turn things around. That?s why she volunteered to go to rehab.
In 2012, she attempted to revive her career. In an interview, she said:
?I am not running from this, I have paid my dues and if I can make it through this I can make it through anything.?
She even took to social media to express gratitude to people who expressed support. In her Facebook page, she even said she?s sober and trying to get back to acting.
Too bad she?ll never have that chance again.
Rest in peace, Lisa Robin Kelly.