The news overnight that beloved Bond girl Tanya Roberts had died at the age of 65 quickly ricocheted around the world.
Her long-time representative confirmed the news to celebrity website TMZ and issued a press release.
But in a baffling twist, it’s not been confirmed that the actress is still very much alive.
That bombshell came from Mike Pingel, the very same rep who issued the initial confirmation of her passing.
Ms Roberts’ husband, Lance O’Brien, first confirmed news of her death yesterday at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles, where she was being treated after collapsing on Christmas Eve.
O’Brien called Pingel and told him she had passed away, with Pingel releasing the information to the public.
But TMZ says the hospital has today called O’Brien to confirm she is alive, with Pingel now forced to backtrack.
According to TMZ , which was first to report the news of her ‘death’, Ms Roberts was put on a ventilator at hospital after her collapse.
“I’m devastated. I’ve been friends with Tanya for over 20 years,” Pingel earlier told CNN of her death.
“She was full of energy, and we always had a wild time together. She was truly an angel and I will miss her so much.”
The actress was best known for her roles as Stacey Sutton in the Bond film A View to a Kill and Midge Pinciotti in That ‘70s Show.
Ms Roberts was born Victoria Leigh Blum on October 15, 1955.
Her first film role, in the 1975 horror movie Forced Entry, came after a brief modelling career. She went on to star in The Beastmaster in 1982 and 1984’s Sheena: Queen of the Jungle.
Her biggest break seemed to happen the following year, as she appeared alongside Roger Moore in his last Bond film, with Christopher Walken playing the villain.
But in the end, the role may have done more harm than good to Ms Roberts’ career.
“I sort of felt like every girl who’d ever been a Bond girl had seen their career go nowhere, so I was a little cautious,” she told The Daily Mail in a frank 2015 interview.
“I remember I said to my agent, ‘No one ever works after they get a Bond movie.’ And they said to me, ‘Are you kidding me? Glenn Close would do it if she could.’
“And I thought to myself, ‘Well you can have regrets if you wish, but what’s the point?’ At the time, I didn’t know what I know now. And to be honest, who would turn that role down, really? Nobody would.
“I was very young and I did what I felt was the right choice to make. I’ve made a lot of good choices and a lot of bad choices, and that’s part of life. Whether you’re really successful or moderately successful, I’m sure that to get there you have made some bad decisions and good decisions on some level.
“But that’s how I see life. You can’t go through life defeated. It’s just trial and error.”
Ms Roberts said A View to a Kill, combined with her previous role on the TV show Charlie’s Angels, put her in a “pigeon hole” she struggled to get out of.
“I think it’s better to come into the limelight really slowly and do a broader range of roles, but I took these glamorous roles, and I think that stereotyped me,” she said.
“They sort of think you’re some dumb, glamorous broad, so it’s difficult. And I think that’s the reason most Bond girls don’t go on to have careers after they have done the movie, because people just don’t take them seriously.”
Ms Roberts continued to act, however, and found success on television.
She appeared in 81 episodes of That ‘70s Show between 1998 and 2004, rounding out her career with roles in the shows Eve and Barbershop in 2005.