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Family statement: Kirstie Alley has died

Kirstie Alley
Posted at 6:36 PM, Dec 05, 2022
and last updated 2022-12-05 21:50:59-05

Award-winning actress Kirstie Alley has died after a battle with cancer that was "recently discovered" her family said in a statement.

Alley was 71 years old. She was "surrounded by her closest family and fought with great strength," according to her children True and Lillie Parker.

The family thanked the doctors at Florida's Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa for "their care.

The family said, "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."

In addition to her breakout role as Rebecca Howe on the long-running NBC show "Cheers," Alley starred in the "Look Who's Talking" film series, and also appeared as a Vulcan in "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan."