Tuesday, March 28News For London

“As iconic as she was on screen, she was an even more amazing mother and grandmother.” – Lillie and William

Star of “Cheers” Kirstie Alley has passed away at age 71 after a brief battle with cancer.

Los Angeles, USA – April 18, 2014: Kirstie Alley star on Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California. This star is located on Hollywood Blvd. and is one of over 2000 celebrity stars embedded in the sidewalk.

Actress Kirstie Louise Alley was from the United States. Her breakthrough role was Rebecca Howe in the NBC comedy “Cheers,” for which she won a Golden Globe and an Emmy in 1991. She was the lead in the sitcom Veronica’s Closet from 1997 to 2000, garnering more Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. She played the character of Mollie Jensen in Look who’s talking and its two sequels, Look who’s talking too and Look who’s talking now, and this is probably where most people know her from movies.

Robert Deal Alley and Lillian Alley welcomed Alley into the world in Wichita, Kansas. Prior to leaving Kansas State University and relocating to Los Angeles, she was a student. From 1970 to 1977, Alley was wed to her high school sweetheart; from 1983 to 1997, she was wed to actor Parker Stevenson. When asked about getting married again, she told the AP in 2010 that she would “leave the guy within 24 hours because I’m sure he’d tell me not to do something.” 

Kirstie Alley passed away from colon cancer at age 71. Alley’s management provided NBC News with confirmation that the actor passed away from colon cancer. In a statement sent by Alley’s family, they stated that the cancer had only recently been identified. 

“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,” the statement said, they continued. “As iconic as she was on screen, she was an even more amazing mother and grandmother.”The children went on to say that their mother’s “zeal and passion for life, her children, grandchildren, and her numerous animals, not to mention her perpetual delight of creation, were unmatched and left us encouraged to live life to the fullest just as she did.” The Moffitt Cancer Center’s “amazing team of doctors and nurses” were also praised. “We thank you for your love and prayers and ask that you respect our privacy at this difficult time”, they added.

Alley’s friend and former co-star John Travolta paid tribute to the actress on social media. “Kirstie was one of the most special relationships I’ve ever had. I I love you Kirstie” he shared alongside a snap of the late star. “I know we will see each other again.” Valerie Bertinelli also shared her condolences on Twitter, writing, “Oh Kirstie, Rest in peace”.