“Cheers” star Kirstie Alley has died at the age of 71 from cancer, her children announced on social media. Their statement read, in part, leaving us with a certainty of her never-ending joy of living and whatever adventures lie ahead. The statement from Alley’s children, True and Lillie Parker, didn’t include the type of cancer Alley was battling at the time of her death, but they did write that the diagnosis was “only recently discovered.” They also thanked the Moffitt Cancer Center for the care their mother received. They wrote, In the 1980s and ’90s, Alley rose to fame for
her roles in sitcoms and feature films, becoming best known for her role as Rebecca Howe in the sitcom “Cheers” and as Lieutenant Saavik in “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.” But while the energetic and outgoing star quickly went on to become a household name in Hollywood, it also didn’t take long for her to become a controversial figure. Throughout her career, Alley was one of the few celebrities who regularly opened up to fans about her struggles with addiction and weight. “I would do so much at a time, um, that I’d snort the coke, and then
I’d sit there, I’d take my pulse, ‘I’m dying, I’m dying, I’m dying.'” Some fans appreciated Alley’s honesty on these topics, while others found it polarizing — but that didn’t stop Alley. The star
Alley’s colleagues and friends are also left reeling in the wake of her death. Her “Cheers” co-star Kelsey Grammer said in a statement to People, Actor John Travolta, who co-starred with Alley in “Look Who’s Talking” and its sequels, penned a somber Instagram post that read, Another touching Instagram tribute came from Alley’s “It Takes Two” co-star Steve Guttenberg who wrote, He also shared a throwback photo of the pair filming the 1995 romantic comedy. No doubt, Alley will be missed by many in Hollywood. The actress’ ex-husband, actor Parker Stevenson, with whom she adopted her two children, is also
mourning an incredible loss. He wrote on Instagram, Stevenson was Alley’s second husband. According to Hollywood Life, Kirstie first wed her high school love, Bob Alley, who coincidentally had the same last name as her. The marriage lasted from 1970 until 1977. Then in 1983, Kirstie tied the knot with Stevenson. The couple ultimately split in 1997. Stevenson told People following the divorce, which he called “ugly,” At the very least, it seems the two had regained a mutual admiration before Alley passed away.