'Cheers' Actress Kirstie Alley Dies at 71 Following Battle With Cancer
Two-time Emmy-winning actress Kirstie Alley has died following a short battle with cancer. She was 71.
An official statement from Alley's children was shared on her social media accounts Monday.
"To all our friends, far and wide around the world... We are sad to inform you that our incredible, fierce and loving mother has passed away after a battle with cancer, only recently discovered," reads the statement. "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. As iconic as she was on screen, she was an even more amazing mother and grandmother."
— Kirstie Alley (@kirstiealley) December 6, 2022
"We are grateful to the incredible team of doctors and nurses at the Moffitt Cancer Center for their care," the statement continues. "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. We thank you for your love and prayers and ask that you respect our privacy at this difficult time."
The Wichita, Kansas native rose to fame with her role as Rebecca Howe in the NBC comedy series "Cheers." She also starred in "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan," "Blind Date" and "Look Who's Talking."
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