Kirstie Alley Obituary, Death – Kirstie Alley, best known for her roles in Cheers and Drop Dead Gorgeous, has died. She was 71 years old at the time. Alley’s children, True and Lillie Parker, announced her death after a brief battle with cancer. True and Lillie confirmed Alley’s death in a statement to PEOPLE on Monday. “We are deeply saddened to inform you that our incredible, fierce, and loving mother passed away following a brief battle with cancer,” they said in a statement. “She was surrounded by her closest family and fought with great strength,” they continued, “leaving us with the certainty of her never-ending joy of living and whatever adventures lay ahead.” “She was an even better mother and grandmother than she was on screen.”

Their mother’s “zeal and passion for life, her children, grandchildren, and many animals, not to mention her eternal joy of creating, were unparalleled and inspire us to live life to the fullest just as she did,” the siblings said. They also lauded Moffitt Cancer Center’s “outstanding team of doctors and nurses.” True and Lillie conclude their statement by thanking Alley’s supporters, saying, “We thank you for your love and prayers and ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.” Alley’s Instagram account also shared the statement.

Alley’s friend John Travolta paid tribute to her on social media after learning of her death. “Kirstie was one of the most unique people I’d ever met. I adore you, Kirstie “He shared it with a photo of the late actor. “I’m sure we’ll cross paths again.” Alley rose to prominence as Rebecca Howe on NBC’s Cheers in 1987. She won a Golden Globe for best actress in 1991, as well as an Emmy for outstanding lead actress. She won her second Emmy in 1994 for her role as Sally Goodson in David’s Mother. Alley Alley has appeared on Veronica’s Closet, Fat Actress, Kirstie, and Scream Queens, among other shows. In 2010, her life was chronicled on the A&E reality television series Kirstie Alley’s Big Life. She also appeared on Season 12 of Dancing with the Stars. She was also 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 (1996). (1996). (1999).