Hollywood actress Kirstie Alley, best known for her Emmy Award-winning role on the sit-com Cheers, passed away on Monday at the age of 71, Fox News reported.
According to a statement from her family, she died from “recently discovered” cancer while surrounded by her loved ones.
An “unparalleled” woman
“We are sad to inform you that our incredible, fierce and loving mother has passed away after a battle with cancer, only recently discovered,” Alley’s adult children, True and Lillie, said in a statement posted to the actress’ official Twitter account.
“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,” the statement continued. “As iconic as she was on screen, she was an even more amazing mother and grandmother.”
Alley’s family went on to express their gratitude for the care provided by the “incredible team of doctors and nurses” at the Moffit Cancer Center in 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,” the children added. “We thank you for your love and prayers and ask that you respect our privacy at this difficult time.”
— Kirstie Alley (@kirstiealley) December 6, 2022
Famed actress on both the small and big screen
Though Alley was best known for her role opposite Ted Danson on “Cheers,” the actress also appeared in numerous other movies and TV series.
Films include Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, the Look Who’s Talking franchise, and Drop Dead Gorgeous, among many others.
On TV, Alley played starring roles in the Civil War mini-series North & South, The Last Don, Veronica’s Closet, Fat Actress, Kirstie, and Scream Queens.
Fox News noted that Alley also appeared as a contestant in 2011’s Dancing with the Stars, 2018’s Celebrity Big Brother, and in 2022’s Masked Singer.
Condolences from friends
According to People magazine, the news of Alley’s death prompted an outpouring of condolences on social media from some of her former colleagues and friends, including John Travolta and Valerie Bertinelli.
Fox News noted that Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis also expressed their grief at the sad news of Alley’s passing.
Even former President Donald Trump, of whom Alley was an outspoken supporter, posted to his Truth Social platform, “Kirstie was a fantastic person and a big supporter of America First & MAGA. She will be greatly missed!!!”