Actress Kirstie Alley, who is known for roles in “Cheers,” “Look Who’s Talking’” and other television shows and movies, died a short time after receiving a colon cancer diagnosis, according to a family statement.
Actress Kirstie Alley, who stared in “Cheers” and “Drop Dead Gorgeous,” died shortly after receiving a diagnosis of cancer, according to a statement from her family.
The two-time Emmy-winning actress was 71 and died from colon cancer, according to a statement shared with "People" magazine.
“We are sad to inform you that our incredible, fierce and loving mother has passed away after a battle with cancer, only recently discovered,” her children, True and Lillie Parker, wrote in the statement, which was posted on Alley’s social media accounts.
Alley began her acting career in 1982 with the film “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.” She starred in several other films, and in 1987, she replaced Shelley Long on the show “Cheers.” She won the lead actress Emmy for her role as Rebecca Howe on the show in 1991.
The statement on Alley’s social media mentioned that she was surrounded by her closest family and “fought with great strength.”
The family stated they were grateful for the team of doctors and nurses for taking care of Alley at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida.
“Our mother’s zest and passion for life, her children, grandchildren and her many animals, not to mention her eternal joy of creating, were unparalleled and leave us inspired to live life to the fullest just as she did,” according to the statement.
Alley’s friend and costar, John Travolta, posted a tribute on Instagram, writing, “Kirstie was one of the most special relationships I’ve ever had. I love you, Kirstie. I know we will see each other again.”
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