Kirstie Alley has passed away. The actress best known for starring in Look Who’s Talking, Cheers, Drop Dead Gorgeous and more died after a short battle with cancer. She was 71.
Alley’s children Lillie and William True Stevenson shared the news in a statement posted to their late mother’s Instagram Monday.
We are sad to inform you that our incredible, fierce and loving mother has passed away after a battle with cancer, only recently discovered. 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.
Our mother’s zest and passion for life, her children, grandchildren and her many animals, not tomention our eternal joy of creating, were unparalleled and leave us inspired to live life to the fullest just as she did,” they added. “We thank you for your love and prayers and ask that you respect our privacy at this difficult time.
Alley rose to fame in 1987 when she starred as Rebecca Howe on NBC’s Cheers.
She earned a Golden Globe for best actress and an Emmy for outstanding lead actress in 1991. She went on to receive her second Emmy win for her portrayal of Sally Goodson in David’s Mother in 1994.
Alley also appeared on television shows including Veronica’s Closet, Fat Actress, Kirstie and Scream Queens.
In 2010, her life was chronicled on the A&E reality TV series Kirstie Alley’s Big Life. She also competed on season 12 of Dancing with the Stars and The Masked Singer.
She also starred on the big screen in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), Summer School (1987), Look Who’s Talking (1989), It Takes Two (1995) and Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999).