Hollywood Bids Farewell to “Cheers” Emmy Winner Kirstie Alley

Kirstie Alley at Celebrity Fight Night XII in 2006
Kirstie Alley at Celebrity Fight Night XII in 2006. Photo by Dan Steinberg/BEI/Shutterstock (578947m)

Kirstie Alley, who rose to prominence with her two-time Emmy-winning role in Cheers, passed away at the of age 71. Alley leaves dozens of television and movie roles behind, and many of her former costars and fellow actors sent condolences to her family.

Alley’s children True and Lillie Parker released an official statement, saying their incredible, fierce, and loving mother has passed away after a battle with cancer.

“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 on screen, she was an even more amazing mother and grandmother,” they said in a statement.

Alley got her big break with the role of Rebecca Howe in Cheers during the late ’80s. While still starring in this series, she scored another memorable role alongside John Travolta in the Look Who’s Talking series. A few years after Cheers went off air she went on to lead the sitcom Veronica’s Closet.

Following Alley’s death, many of her former co-stars bid her farewell in emotional posts on social media. Her Look Who’s Talking co-star Travolta was among the stars sending condolences to her family, adding “Kirstie was one of the most special relationships I’ve ever had.”