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Inside The Death Of Kirstie Alley

Nicki Swift 12/6/2022 Sutton Reekes
Kirstie Alley at Sirius XM © Cindy Ord/Getty Images Kirstie Alley at Sirius XM

"Cheers" star Kirstie Alley has died at the age of 71, her children announced on social media.

Back in the 1980s and 1990s, Alley came to fame for her roles in sitcoms and feature films. During her career, Alley became most well-known for her role as Rebecca Howe in the sitcom "Cheers" and for her role as Lieutenant Saavik in "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan." While Alley starred in many shows and films, these two helped launch her career and set her towards stardom, per her biography. But while the energetic and outgoing star quickly went on to become a household name in Hollywood, it didn't take long for the star to become a figure of controversy. 

During her career, Alley remained one of the only celebrities who continued to open up to fans about her struggles with addiction and weight on television. While fans appreciated Alley's honesty with the topics, others found it equally polarizing — but that didn't stop Alley. In fact, the star only doubled down on her opinions when it came to politics and health which only embroiled Alley in more controversy.  

Though people didn't always agree with Alley, many are taking to social media to honor Alley following her passing. 

Kirstie Alley Died Following A Battle With Cancer

Kirstie Alley on red carpet © Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images Kirstie Alley on red carpet

Taking to social media, Kirstie Alley's children announced the "Look Who's Talking" star has died at the age of 71 from cancer.

"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 children wrote in a statement. "As iconic as she was on screen, she was an even more amazing mother and grandmother." While the statement didn't include the type of cancer Alley was battling at the time of her death, the children did write that the diagnosis was "only recently discovered." Adding to that, the children thanked the Moffitt Cancer Center for the care their mother received during her cancer treatments. "Our mother's zest and passion for life ... were unparalleled and leave us inspired to live life to the fullest just as she did."

Following the announcement, fans took to social media to honor the star, despite her controversies. "I didn't always agree with her, but I truly loved her as an actress," one fan tweeted. "She had the most beautiful eyes and a laugh that was so contagious!" Echoing a similar thought, another Twitter user shared, "Can't say our beliefs aligned all that much, but she was responsible for creating laughter, which is precious. RIP."

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