Kirstie Alley died at 71 after a brief battle with colon cancer, her representatives have revealed.
A spokesperson for the veteran actress confirmed the official cause of death to People.
Alley’s family shared in a statement posted to Twitter that she passed following a battle with cancer that was “only recently discovered”.
They also acknowledged the “incredible team” at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida.
“We are sad to inform you that our incredible, fierce and loving mother has passed away after a battle with cancer, only recently discovered,” the statement said.
The children said in their statement that Alley was “surrounded by her closest family” at the time of her passing, and that she “fought with great strength.”
“Our mother’s zest and passion for life, her children, grandchildren and her many animals, not to mention her eternal joy of creating, were unparalleled and leave us inspired to live life to the fullest just as she did,” it continued.
Alley’s final television appearance, on The Masked Singer in April, was just over seven months before her death.
Alley had a short stint in the singing competition as the Baby Mammoth.
While her last TV appearance had her behind a mask, Alley’s final moment on camera was on September 8 in an Instagram post announcing she was on the Cameo app.
“A bunch of you have asked me to do these greetings, and I always do what you ask me to do,” she said in the video. “If you want something funny or you want something sincere — I would really try to be sincere,” she joked. “Like sort of like ‘Hi, I love you’ or ‘Merry Christmas’ or ‘I want a divorce.’ Whatever you need, I’ll do it.”
Alley was best known for her turn as Rebecca Howe, the sexy bar manager in the NBC comedy Cheers, in which she starred opposite Ted Danson from 1987 to 1993. She won the 1991 Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her portrayal, for which she was nominated five times. She additionally earned a Golden Globe for the part.
Her more than 40-year career included numerous film roles, including as a Vulcan Starfleet officer in the 1982 hit film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and as a career-driven single mom in 1989’s Look Who’s Talking, which also starred John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Olympia Dukakis and George Segal. The popular flick also spawned a 1990 sequel, Look Who’s Talking Too, and a 1993 entry, Look Who’s Talking Now.
She landed a 1994 Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Special for the CBS drama David’s Mother.
Much of Alley’s work centred on comedy, with appearances in TV sitcoms including The Goldbergs, The Middle, Hot in Cleveland, The King of Queens and Dharma & Greg, among others.
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