VIOLENT LAST DAYS OF DOOMED 70s SHOW STAR
AFTER 22 trips to rehab, a congenital heart defect ultimately claimed the life of booze-troubled “That ’70s Show” star Lisa Robin Kelly.
That’s the claim of the 43-year-old actress’ estranged husband, who says Kelly built up a tremendous tolerance to alcohol before going into cardiac arrest and dying in her sleep at a Los Angeles area treatment facility on Aug. 14.
“You can’t do to the human body what Lisa did, for the length of time that she did, and expect to survive,” Robert Gilliam, 61, told The ENQUIRER.
“Not with a congenital heart defect, which Lisa had.
“Her poor little body just couldn’t take all that abuse anymore.”
Kelly played Laurie Forman – older sister of actor Topher Grace’s character – from 1998 until 2003.
The coroner’s office is awaiting toxicology results before releasing her cause of death. But in the past three years, Kelly had been on a dramatic downward spiral with at least four arrests for DUI, spousal abuse and assault.
Despite that, “Lisa was an honest, caring, loving person,” said Gilliam, choking back tears.
He claims the couple met through mutual friends in 2010 after her first drunk driving arrest.
“Lisa called me in May 2011 and asked me if I would detox her,” said Gilliam, who ran a rehab facility at the time.
“She was drinking more than a half-gallon of vodka a day. I got her off everything in six weeks.”
They tied the knot Oct. 22, 2012, but Lisa fell off the wagon about a week later, he said.
“Lisa drank for three days straight,” he recalled. “She ended up in a hospital emergency room in North Carolina with a blood alcohol level of .387.”
On Nov. 26, cops in Mooresville, N.C., arrested both Kelly and Gilliam after responding to a disturbance at their home.
Gilliam was charged with misdemeanor assault on a female, and Kelly was charged with misdemeanor assault. They were later released on $500 bond apiece.
The couple moved to California, but their relationship exploded in May when Gilliam allegedly attacked Kelly after she refused to fork over her bank account.
He was convicted of domestic battery and served 35 days in jail.
Despite their troubles, Gilliam believes Kelly might still be alive if she could have received more help.