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Tanya Roberts died Monday night — a day after her publicist mistakenly announced her death.
The former Bond Girl died at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, where she’d been hospitalized since Christmas Eve after collapsing in her home after a hike, TMZ reported.
Roberts was 65.
Her partner Lance O’Brien told the gossip site that he received a call from her doctor Monday around 9 p.m. that Roberts had died.
Confusion swirled over Roberts’ final moments of life after her publicist, Mike Pingel, prematurely announced her death on Sunday.
The snafu arose from an apparent misunderstanding between O’Brien and Pingel.
“[Pingel] goes, ‘What happened?’ And I say, ‘I just said goodbye to Tanya, and I got to see her beautiful eyes one last time.’ And after that, I’m just blubbering,” O’Brien recalled.
“Next thing I know, TMZ, OMG, is on my cellphone.”
Pingel backtracked on Monday, saying that Roberts was still very much alive but remained in the ICU in “dire” condition as of that morning.
O’Brien said his partner of 15 years was placed on a ventilator because she was struggling to breathe, though she did not have COVID-19. He told The Post that the hospital had called him on Sunday to visit because she was near death.
“For all intents and purposes, she was gone,’’ O’Brien told The Post on Monday, adding that doctors had taken Roberts off life support. “She’s been out of it the last three days.’’
Roberts starred in the 1985 James Bond movie “A View to a Kill” and most recently “That 70s Show.”
When reached by phone on Tuesday, Pingel said he couldn’t confirm the Bronx-born actress’ passing.
“I don’t want to say anything until I have confirmation,” he told The Post.
Born Victoria Leigh Blum, Roberts also appeared in TV commercials for Ultra Brite, Clairol and Cool Ray sunglasses, as well as in off-Broadway productions of “Picnic” and “Antigone,” according to her IMDB biography.
She starred in the final season of the TV show “Charlie’s Angels” in the early 1980s.
The Playboy cover girl, who also has several made-for-TV films on her resume, was married to Barry Roberts, who died in 2006.
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