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.
Parker Stevenson, Kirstie Alley's ex-husband, speaks out.
"Dear Kirstie, I am so grateful for our years together and for the two incredibly beautiful children and now grandchildren that we have," he wrote alongside an image of Alley grabbing onto his button-down shirt as he smiled at the camera.
"You will be missed. With love, Parker," he wrote in the post's closing. The two married in 1983, six years after she divorced her first husband, Bob Alley. They have a son William (30) and a daughter Lillie (28). They decided to separate in 1997.
As a reminder, her family discovered that she passed away after a short but difficult battle with cancer. "We are sad to inform you that our incredible, fierce and loving mother has passed away after a battle with cancer, only recently discovered," they said on Monday.
"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," they continued. "As iconic as she was on screen, she was an even more amazing mother and grandmother." 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.