Actress Kirstie Alley has died at age 71 after a battle with cancer.
Alley’s family and her manager announced the news Monday night, with Alley’s children True and Lillie Parker writing a statement on Alley’s social media pages: “To all our friends, far and wide around the world…We are sad to inform you that our incredible, fierce and loving mother has passed away after a battle with cancer, only recently discovered. She was surrounded by her closest family and fought with great strength, leaving us with a certainty of her never-ending joy of living and whatever adventures lie ahead. As iconic as she was on screen, she was an even more amazing mother and grandmother. We are grateful to the incredible team of doctors and nurses at the Moffitt Cancer Center for their care. 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. We thank you for your love and prayers and ask that you respect our privacy at this difficult time. With love always, True and Lillie Parker“
Alley first appeared in the 1982 film “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” playing the Vulcan Starfleet officer Lieutenant Saavik. Then in 1987 Alley landed her breakout role, joining the cast of the sitcom “Cheers” to replace Shelley Long, where she remained until the series finale in 1993. Alley’s performance as Rebecca Howe earned her an Emmy Award in 1991 for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series. The actress also starred in 1989’s Look Who’s Talking as well as two sequels, opposite her close friend John Travolta. The 68-year-old Travolta honored his friend on Instagram following the news of her passing, sharing a photo of himself with Alley along with the caption: “Kirstie was one of the most special relationships I’ve ever had. I love you Kirstie. I know we will see each other again.”
Alley is survived by grandson Waylon, 6, as well as her two children, William True Stevenson, 30, and Lillie Stevenson, 28, who she shared with ex-husband Parker Stevenson.
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