Kirstie Alley has died following a private cancer battle.
Hollywood veteran Kirstie Alley has sadly passed away. The news was announced through a post on the official Instagram account for the actress who first rose to fame with her breakthrough role in the beloved sitcom Cheers. The post includes an image of Alley on a bicycle along with a statement announcing that the actress has died following a private battle with cancer. She was 71 years old.
“We are sad to inform you that our incredible, fierce and loving mother has passed away after a battle with cancer, only recently discovered,” reads the post, which is signed by True and Lillie Parker. “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.”
The post goes on to add, “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. We thank you for your love and prayers and ask that you respect our privacy at this difficult time.”
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