Her daughters acknowledged her passing on Monday evening, saying, “As famous as she was on television, she was an even more great mother and grandmother.”
Kirstie Alley, the actress who starred in Cheers and Drop Dead Gorgeous, has died. She was 71 years old.
True and Lillie Parker, Alley’s children, announced her death from cancer.
“We are deeply saddened to inform you that our incredible, fierce, and beloved mother has passed away after a brief fight with cancer,” Kirstie Alley’s family announced in a statement.
“She was surrounded by her closest relatives and fought with amazing strength, leaving us with the confidence of her never-ending pleasure of living and whatever adventures lay ahead,” they went on to say. “As memorable as she was on television, she was an even better mother and grandma.”
The siblings went on to say that their mother’s “zeal and passion for life, her children, grandchildren, and numerous animals, not to mention her unending joy of creating, were unparalleled and motivate us to live life to the fullest just as she did.”
They also expressed gratitude to the “amazing team of doctors and nurses” at Moffitt Cancer Center.
True and Lillie end the message by thanking Alley’s admirers, saying, “We thank you for your love and prayers and ask that you respect our privacy during this terrible time.”
Alley’s Instagram page also posted the statement.
Following the announcement, Alley’s former costar and friend John Travolta paid tribute to her on social media.
“Kirstie was one of the most amazing people I’ve ever known. I adore you, Kirstie “He posted it beside a photo of the late actor. “I’m sure we’ll see each other again.”
On Twitter, Valerie Bertinelli expressed her sympathies, writing, “Oh Kirstie, Rest in Peace.”
Alley’s most recent Instagram video was broadcast in September when she revealed that she was joining Cameo and that fans could use the site to request “funny or meaningful” messages from her. Her Cameo page has already been removed.
Alley rose to prominence in 1987 as Rebecca Howe on NBC’s Cheers. In 1991, she won a Golden Globe for best actress and an Emmy for outstanding lead actress for her performance in the Boston-based series.
In 1994, she won her second Emmy for her performance as Sally Goodson in David’s Mother.
Alley has also appeared in films such as Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), Summer School (1987), Look Who’s Talking (1989), It Takes Two (1995), and Drop Dead Gorgeous (2015-2016). (1999).
Her life was documented on the A&E reality television series Kirstie Alley’s Big Life in 2010. In 2011, she competed on season 12 of Dancing with the Stars, and in 2022, she competed on season 7 of The Masked Singer.