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Tuesday, April 23, 2024

‘Cheers’ star dies at 71 after brief cancer battle

In sad news out of Hollywood today, Cheers actress, Kirstie Alley, has died at the age of 71 after a short battle with cancer.

A social media statement from her children, William “True” Stevenson and Lillie Price Stevenson confirmed the star’s passing.

“To all our friends, far and wide around the world … 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 read.

“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.”

“We are grateful to the incredible team of doctors and nurses at the Moffitt Cancer Center for their care. 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.”

She had been diagnosed with cancer recently and was reportedly being treated at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Florida at the time of her death.

Her second ex-husband, Parker Stevenson, wrote on social media that he was grateful for their years together.

“…and for the two incredibly beautiful children and now grandchildren that we have. You will be missed,” the actor wrote.

Her co-star in the hit 80s movie Look Who’s Talking, John Travolta also wrote fondly of Kirstie on his social media today.

“Kirstie was one of the most special relationships I’ve ever had. I love you Kirstie,” he said.

“I know we will see each other again.”

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