Lisa Robin Kelly's death at age 43 while in rehab last week, is still stirring controversy as reports that a doctor determined she died from an "embolism" surfaced. L.A. Sheriff’s investigators have placed a security hold on the case, which prohibits coroner officials from discussing any details, Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said Wednesday, according to the Daily News on Aug. 21. Now both the L.A. County Coroner and the County Sheriff are conducting separate investigations into Lisa Robin Kelly's death. TMZ reported a doctor at the rehab facility pronounced Kelly dead at 8:07 a.m. last Thursday Aug. 14, but the Coroner didn't find out until noon, when an official from the office saw the post on their website.
But what sources say really made authorities suspicious was that the rehab doctor told the Coroner Kelly died from an embolism. Foul play has been ruled out as of yesterday, but now it's a case for the Coronor.
Allegedly the Coroner "scoffed" at the doctor's conclusion, because there's no way to know if someone died of an embolism without performing an autopsy.
The sources also claim the doctor at the facility told the Coroner Kelly was taking detox drugs, but whether they played any role in her death won't be known until the toxicology report is made available.
A native of Connecticut, Kelly played character Eric Forman’s beautiful but conniving older sister on the hit Fox sitcom "That 70's Show", but was supposedly fired after five seasons.
Kelly later admitted to an alcohol problem, and was arrested several times over the last few years for DUI, assault and even alleged spousal abuse.
Lisa had voluntarily checked herself into the addiction treatment center the Monday before her death to "get her life back on track", according to her agent Craig Wyckoff.
Wycoff added that he hoped the investigation into Kelly's death would provide answers. "You can’t tell an embolism by looking at a body. If it’s true the doctor said that, he or she shouldn’t have a medical license", he said.
Kelly's agent also said we need to know if her death was the result of some sort of mistake, but he admitted it may end up being simply that she died of natural causes.
A formal cause of death could take weeks due to the toxicology testing. Investigators want to know what was in Kelly's system when she died, including any alleged withdrawal medication administered at the rehab facility.
"I think people should remember the life lesson that when you do things to excess, there are consequences", Wycoff said.