The actor Kirstie Alley passed away on Monday night from cancer, according to her family.
True and Lillie Parker, Alley’s children, released a statement claiming that Alley, 71, was battling cancer that had “just recently been found.”
The statement posted on Alley’s social media stated, “She was surrounded by her closest relatives and fought with amazing strength, leaving us with a certainty of her never-ending joy of living and whatever adventures lie ahead.”
Her family expressed gratitude to the medical staff at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Florida.
Alley, a native of Kansas, gained notoriety when she replaced Shelley Long and her character, Diane Chambers, on “Cheers” in 1987.
After the cast shuffle, the much-loved sitcom not only survived but also flourished, with Rebecca Howe, played by Alley, taking over as the new manager of the show’s titular pub.
In 1989, Alley collaborated with John Travolta and director Amy Heckerling on “Look Who’s Talking,” one of the year’s greatest and probably most unexpected hits that brought in close to $140 million domestically.
“Look Who’s Talking Too” (1990) and “Look Who’s Talking Now,” both starring Travolta and Alley, were produced as a result of the movie’s success (1993).
Travolta was among several celebrities who paid their respects on Monday, including Jamie Lee Curtis, William Shatner, and Tim Allen.
Curtis, who co-starred with Alley in Hulu’s “Scream Queens,” praised Alley’s abilities.
“She was a great comic foil in @tvscreamqueens and a beautiful mama bear in her very real life,” Curtis wrote on Instagram, alongside a photo from the show. “She assisted me in purchasing onesies for my family for Christmas that year.” We agreed to disagree on some issues but maintained mutual respect and connection.”