Kirstie Alley dead at 71: Cheers and Look Who’s Talking star dies after cancer battle
Cheers a nd Look Who's Talking star Kirstie Alley has died at the age of 71, her family confirmed on Monday.
Alley, one of the rare conservatives in Hollywood , died after a battle with cancer , which had been recently discovered. Her family hailed her as a "fierce and loving mother" and expressed gratitude for the medical professionals who tended to her.
"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," her family wrote in a statement posted to Alley's social media accounts. "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."
Alley will perhaps be best remembered for playing Rebecca Howe on the long-running NBC sitcom Cheers from 1987 until 1993. She won an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe for the role.
Often outspoken about her views in public, Alley had been a member of Scientology since 1978. The controversial religion has been criticized in recent years, but the actress has rejected claims that it is a cult and stood by it amid controversy that ensued after fellow actress Leah Remini left it and began criticizing it harshly.
Alley also had success on the big screen beginning in 1982, playing Saavik in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan . She went on to star in the 1987 comedy Summer School , Shoot to Kill in 1988, and the Look Who's Talking series of films in 1989, 1990, and 1993 alongside John Travolta.
"Kirstie was one of the most special relationships I’ve ever had. I love you Kirstie. I know we will see each other again," Travolta wrote in a Facebook tribute.
Alley also took part in two seasons of Dancing With The Stars with her partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
In one of her final public appearances, Alley appeared on Fox's The Masked Singer earlier this year.
Alley received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1995.