Today, we mourn the loss of Kirstie Alley, the beloved actress known for her iconic role on the hit TV series Cheers. At the age of 71, Kirstie tragically lost her battle with colon cancer, a silent killer that often goes undetected until it’s too late. Her family shared the heartbreaking news, highlighting her strength and love for life:
“Our dear Kirstie fought valiantly, surrounded by her loved ones. Her unwavering love for life and the adventures it held will forever inspire us. While she was a legendary actress, she was an even better mother and grandmother.”
Kirstie received care at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa Bay, Florida, where she bravely faced her illness. She leaves behind a legacy that stretches far beyond her role as the bar manager on Cheers. Kirstie was also known for her involvement in Scientology and her public disputes with other celebrities.
Upon hearing the news, fellow actor John Travolta, who had a unique connection with Kirstie, expressed his deep admiration:
“Kirstie, you held a special place in my heart. I’m confident that our paths will cross again.”
Ted Danson, who portrayed the head bartender on Cheers, shared a heartfelt memory from his time working with Kirstie. He recalls watching an episode of the show on a plane, where his character witnessed Tom Berenger proposing to Kirstie’s character. Danson reminisced:
“Kirstie’s talent was unparalleled. Whether she was portraying a woman on the verge of a breakdown or delivering uproarious comedy, she always had a way of making me laugh. And she still does, even as we say goodbye. My love goes out to her children, who know firsthand the kind and pure-hearted person their mother was. She will be deeply missed.”
Farewell, Kirstie. Your laughter and light will forever be remembered.