Kirstie Alley, the actor who starred in the popular sitcom “Cheers” and dozens of other movies and movies, has passed away after a battle with cancer. She was 71 years old.
Her children confirmed her death on Monday, saying the cancer was “recently discovered” and that she was being treated at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Florida.
They wrote, “Our mother’s enthusiasm and passion for life, her many children, grandchildren, and animals, not to mention her eternal joy in creating, were unparalleled and leave us inspired to live life to the fullest as she did.”
Alley’s breakout role as Rebecca Howe on “Cheers,” which ran from 1987 to 1993, earned her an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award. She went on to collect further nominations and awards for her performances in the sitcom ‘Veronica’s Closet’, the crime series ‘The Last Don’ and the TV movie ‘David’s Mother’.
“As iconic as she is on screen, she was an even more amazing mother and grandmother,” her children with ex-husband Parker Stephenson wrote in their announcement Monday.
Her last acting appearance was in the 2020 TV movie “You Can’t Take My Daughter,” and she appeared in the 2022 season of the Fox singing competition reality show “The Masked Singer.”
Alley has also been outspoken about politics in recent years and was one of the few Hollywood celebrities to support Donald Trump in the 2016 and 2020 elections. She also voiced her support for the violent rioters who stormed the US Capitol on January 6 last year after Trump lost his re-election bid.
Outside of acting, Alley has been known to practice Scientology and to be the spokesperson for Jenny Craig’s weight loss regimen.