On January 4, 2020, it was reported by her publicist that she had died after she was admitted to a hospital on Christmas Eve night.
According to the information, Tanya Roberts had been rushed to Cedars-Sinai hospital which is located in Los Angeles. But due to the Covid-19 rules hospital authority didn't allow her boyfriend O'Brien to be there by her side. While recording an interview with the US magazine show Inside Edition, O'Brien received a call where he gets to know Tanya is still alive.
O'Brien with full of tears in his eyes said, "Thank the Lord, thank god,” “The hospital is telling me she is alive. They are calling me from the ICU team.” "I'm so happy."
According to the news, On Monday Tanya Roberts publicist Mike Pingel told that she was taken to the hospital on Christmas Eve, after falling extremely ill while walking with her two dogs.
O'Brien while speaking to the Page Six said, "he had been ‘blubbering’ on the phone to Pingel, following what he believed to be an ‘end of life’ visit with Roberts." “[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 blabbering." “Next thing I know, TMZ, OMG, is on my cell phone. I don’t want to blame [Pingel] in any way, shape, or form. I was in total shock, and I did say goodbye to her." “For all intents and purposes, she was gone. She’s been out of it for the last three days.’’
Pingle said to her followers, “Currently, it's not looking good. It's very dire. Hold her in your prayers.”