Tributes to the “iconic” Emmy Award-winning actress Kirstie Alley, best known for her role on the classic sitcom Cheers, have mushroomed following news of her death.
Her children, True and Lily Parker, said in a Twitter post Monday that Alley died of cancer, which was recently discovered.
Its director, Donovan Daughtry, confirmed the death in an email to the Associated Press.
“As iconic as she is on screen, she was an even more amazing mother and grandmother,” the Alley children’s statement read.
Alley starred as Rebecca Howe on Cheers from 1987 to 1993, following the departure of original star Shelley Long.
She won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role on Cheers in 1991, and won a second Emmy Award in 1994 for her role as Sally Judson on David’s Mother.
Alley had her own sitcom, Veronica’s Closet, from 1997 to 2000.
“I know we will see each other again.”
Actor John Travolta, who starred alongside Alley in Look Who’s Talking, paid tribute to her on social media.
“Kirsty was one of the most special relationships I’ve ever been in,” he wrote.
“I love you, Kirsty. I know we’ll see each other again.”
Kirstie Alley starred as Rebecca Howe on Cheers from 1987 to 1993. source: GT / CBS
Jamie Lee Curtis said Alley was “great comedy” and a “lovely mama bear”.
“She was an amazing comic in Scream Queens and a lovely mama bear in her very real life,” Curtis wrote on Instagram.
“We agreed to disagree on some things but we had mutual respect and communication. Sad news.”
TV presenter Dan Wootton called Alley “one of the most iconic TV actresses of all time”.
“Not Kirstie Alley. One of the most iconic TV actresses of all time,” he wrote on Twitter.
“Funny. Outrageous. Sincere. Rest in peace, wonderful lady.”