(NEXSTAR) – Actress Kirstie Alley has died at the age of 71, according to a statement from her family.
“We are saddened to announce that our incredible, fierce and loving mother has passed away after a only recently discovered battle with cancer,” read the statement, which was posted on her official social media channels Monday night.
Alley was treated at the Moffitt Cancer Center, whose staff thanked her children, True and Lillie Parker, in the statement.
“She was surrounded by her closest family and fought with great vigour, leaving us with the assurance of her never-ending zest for life and all the adventures ahead,” the statement continued. “As iconic as she was on screen, she was an even more amazing mother and grandmother.”
Alley is perhaps best known for her role as Rebecca Howe on the hit sitcom Cheers, for which she won an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe in 1991. She also won an Emmy in 1994 for her role in the TV movie David’s Closet. and received another nomination for her role as Veronica Chase on her own show on NBC, Veronica’s Closet.
Alley has also appeared in several films including Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Drop Dead Gorgeous, and Look Who’s Talking among others.
“Kirstie was one of the most extraordinary relationships I’ve ever had,” continued John Travolta, her co-star on Look Who’s Talking and Look Who’s Talking Too Instagram monday night “I love you Kirstie. I know we will meet again.”
“The zest for life and passion of our mother, her children, grandchildren and her many animals, not to mention her eternal joy in creating, was unparalleled and inspires us to live life to the fullest, just as she did.” it in the statement.
Alley’s children thanked their fans for their love and prayers and asked for privacy as they mourn.
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