The tales of Hollywood tragedies involving young actors and actresses and drugs are many. The latest was a former co-star of Ashton Kutcher, troubled actress Lisa Robin Kelly, best known for playing Laurie Forman on "That '70s Show," who died August 14th at the age of 43.
The star had recently checked herself into rehab after struggling with alcoholism and other addiction issues for years. The cause of death has not been determined. As reported in tv.yahoo.com.
Kelly's new boyfriend took her to rehab earlier this week, but it was too late as it appears the actress suffered a fatal cardiac arrest.
Kelly was a veteran actress who got her start in 1992 on "Married… With Children." Her credits included "Murphy Brown," "Charmed," and "Silk Stockings."
On "That '70s Show," the she played the promiscuous elder sister of Topher Grace's Eric Forman for five years. Her character was written out, though Kelly returned for a few episodes in Season 5. Then, she was replaced by Christina Moore in Season 6.
She admitted that her drinking problems stemmed from a miscarriage. Alcoholism plagued Kelly for years after that. In 2010, she was charged with a DUI and served probation. Last year, she was arrested for domestic violence against her ex-boyfriend.
Last November, both Kelly and her now-estranged husband Robert Gilliam were arrested for assault after a domestic disturbance. Gilliam was convicted of domestic battery and sentenced to three years of probation. And just a few months ago, in June, Kelly was arrested for another DUI.
Another shining example of a Hollywood life gone wrong. I would like to think that a 30 hour alcohol and or drug educational class early on, might have made a difference. What do you think?