Emmy winner Kirstie Alley has passed away after her battle with cancer, her children Lillie and True Parker announced on her social media accounts. Alley was known for her roles in films like “Look Who’s Talking” and “Cheers,” both of which won Emmys.
She was 71.
“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,” the family’s statement continued. “As iconic as she was on screen, she was an even more amazing mother and grandmother.”
“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,” the statement said.
Donovan Daughtry, a spokesman for Kirstie Alley, verified to CNN via email that the actress had passed away.
After playing an outstanding part in the 1982 film “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” she went on to appear in films such as “Blind Date” (1984) and “Summer School” (1987), both of which starred Mark Harmon.
In addition, Alley is known for her roles in a number of iconic movies, such as the “Look Who’s Talking” series, “Madhouse” (1990), and “Drop Dead Gorgeous” (1999), in which she co-starred with Ellen Barkin.