Authorities did not release the cause of his death. But it was not due to Kovid-19, said his publicist and long-time friend Mike Pingel.
“I was devastated, I have a friendship with Tanya for 20 years,” Pingle told CNN. “She was full of energy and we always had a wild time together. She was truly an angel and I will miss her very much.”
Pingel told CNN that Roberts was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on December 24 when she collapsed at her California home.
He died on Sunday.
Victoria Leigh Blum, Roberts began her career as a model before appearing in films. After a 30-year career in films and TV.
She had roles in cult favorites “The Beastmaster” and “Sheena: Queen of the Jungle”. And he appeared in several well-known TV shows of the time, including “Fantasy Island,” “The Love Boat,” and a season three of “Charlie’s Angels.”
Then came her most iconic role up to that point. In 1985, she played geologist Stacey Sauton in ‘A View a Kill a Kill’ alongside Roger Moore, who was a finalist as 007.
She then earned a new legacy of fans during her turn in “That 70s Show”, as the retarded mother of Miz, Donna Pinsioti. But she abruptly left the sitcom in her fourth season to leave her late-departed husband suffering from illness. (She returned in later seasons as a recurring character.)
His last screen appearance was in the 2005 TV series “Barbershop”.