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Coroner Releases Lisa Robin Kelly's Cause of Death

By Allison McCabe 01/06/14

"That 70's Show" actress died in rehab from multiple drug intoxication.

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On Friday, the coroner released the cause of death for actress Lisa Robin Kelly, who died in rehab in August of 2013. According to the Los Angeles County Coroner, whose report has not yet been made public, Kelly died from “multiple drug intoxication.” The report failed to give any details other than the drugs were orally ingested and the death was ruled accidental.

Kelly, who played Laurie Forman on “That 70’s Show,” was 43 when she entered Pax House in Altadena, CA. Prior to entering treatment, Kelly had been dealing with professional and personal problems for some time. She was replaced on “That 70’s Show” in the show’s sixth season, was arrested on two different occasions for spousal abuse, and had pleaded guilty to a DUI in 2010. When Kelly appeared on Good Morning America in April of 2013, she claimed to be three months sober, although she did admit to having developed a drinking problem after going through a miscarriage.

“I had lost a baby, and as a result of that, I lost everything, and I was abusing alcohol, which I no longer do,” said Kelly. “With ‘That ’70s Show,’ I was guilty of the drinking problem and I ran. And I am not running from this. And I have paid my dues. And if I can make it through this, I can make it through anything.”

According to Kelly’s agent, Craig Wyckoff, Kelly entered rehab voluntarily “to get her life back on track.” When Wyckoff spoke to Kelly, shortly before her death, he said she “was hopeful and confident, looking forward to putting this part of her life behind her.”

The coroner will release the full autopsy report in the next few weeks, including the specific drugs found in Kelly’s system.

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Allison McCabe is the editor in chief of The Fix. She has written for LA Weekly, Village Voice, Junk: a literary fix, Ramshackle Review, Main Street Journal and others. Follow Allison on Twitter.

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