Actress Kirstie Alley Dead At 71

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Kirstie Alley, 71, best known for her role as Rebecca on “Cheers,” died Monday after a short battle with cancer, according to a statement released by her family on social media.

“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 onscreen, she was an even more amazing mother and grandmother,” the family said in a statement posted to the late actress’ Twitter account.

After receiving an Emmy for her role in “Cheers” Alley went on to star in the comedy “Look Who’s Talking” with John Travolta, who shared his thoughts about her death on his Instagram.

“Kirstie was one of the most special relationships I’ve ever had. I love you Kirstie,” he shared alongside a snap of the late star. “I know we will see each other again.”


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Alley’s children, True and Lillie Parker, expressed their thanks for the team of doctors and nurses at Moffitt Cancer Center who looked after their mother in her final days. They also expressed their thanks to Alley’s fan’s for their “love and prayers” but asked for privacy and respect as they mourn the loss of their mother. (RELATED: Celebrity Trainer Eric Fleishman Dead At 53)