Kirstie Alley, who became an instant star thanks to her role as Rebecca Howe on the hit TV show Cheers, has died aged 71 after a battle with cancer.
“We are sad to inform you that our amazing, fierce and loving mother has passed away after a recently discovered battle with cancer,” read a statement posted on Alley’s official website. social media account. “She was surrounded by her closest family and fought with great strength, leaving us with the certainty of her endless zest for life and all the adventures that lay ahead. screen, she was an even more amazing mother and grandmother.”
Alley made her acting debut in Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan, but is best known for replacing Shelley Long in Cheers, starring alongside Ted Danson in the series, which is set in a Boston bar. She won an Emmy for her performance in 1991. More recently, she has made several appearances on the reality TV circuit, appearing on Celebrity Big Brother and Dancing With The Stars.
“We are grateful to the incredible team of doctors and nurses at Moffitt Cancer Center for their care,” the statement continued. “Our mother’s zest for life and passion, her children, her grandchildren and her many animals, not to mention her undying joy in creating, was unparalleled and leaves us inspired to live life to the full as she did. .We thank you for your love and prayers and ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.”
John Travolta, who starred alongside Alley in Look Who’s Talking, paid tribute on social media, saying Kirstie was “one of the most special relationships” he’s ever had.