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Kirstie Alley dies, aged 71

The Hollywood Star has passed away after secret health battle.
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Kirstie Alley, the actress best known for her roles in Cheers and Look Who’s Talking, died on December 6. 

Kirstie was 71 years old and died from cancer – which she was diagnosed with earlier this year. 

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Her children, True and Lillie Parker posted a statement on Kirstie’s official Twitter account and said that she was “surrounded by her closest family” when she passed. 

They also paid tribute to their late mother’s “zest” for life and thanked the medical staff that looked after her while she battled cancer. 

“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 un paralleled and leave us inspired to live life to the fullest just as she did,” True and Lillie wrote. 

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Many were quick to express their sadness online, including John Travolta who worked with Kirstie on the Look Who’s Talking film franchise. 

“Kirstie was one of the most special relationships I’ve ever had. I love you Kirstie. I know we will see each other again,” John wrote on Instagram. 

Ever Carradine, who worked with Kirstie on the film, Veronica’s Closet took to Twitter and wrote: 

“I just head the news about #KirstieAlley. I’ve not spoke w/ her forever, but have her to thank for launching my career. She told me I was funny every single day on Veronica’s Closet, and I believed her. She threw the best parties and gave the parakeets as our wrap gift. Godspeed.” 

Kirstie Alley
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Kirstie began acting in the early 80s and made her film debut in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. After appearing in a few other films, Kirstie’s breakout role was Rebecca Howe in the sitcom, Cheers. Kirstie went on to earn an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe for the role. 

This article originally appeared on our sister site, New Idea.

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