Kirstie Alley, the TV and movie star known for her roles in the series and movies "Cheers," "Veronica's Closet" and "Look Who's Talking," has died at the age of 72. Alley's death was confirmed Monday night by her children, as well as her manager.
She was recently diagnosed with cancer and was being treated in Florida, the family revealed.
The family released a statement
“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,” the statement said.
“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”.
they said in a statement. “We are grateful to the incredible team of doctors and nurses at the Moffitt Cancer Center for their care. 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”. John Travolta, Alley's friend and "Look Who's Talking" co-star, also paid tribute. “Kirstie was one of the most special relationships I’ve ever had.
I love you Kirstie,” he wrote. “I know we will see each other again”. She won her second Emmy Award in 1994 for her role as the mother of an autistic child in "David's Mother." During the 1980s and 1990s, Alley appeared in numerous films including Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
She has mostly played comedic roles on television, including the titular character in "Veronica's Closet," the short-lived sitcom and the horror-comedy anthology series Scream Queens.