Kirstie Alley dead at 71: Cheers and Look Who’s Talking star dies after cancer battle

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Kirstie Alley attends the LA premiere of “The Fanatic” at the Egyptian Theatre on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP) Richard Shotwell/Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

Kirstie Alley dead at 71: Cheers and Look Who’s Talking star dies after cancer battle

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Cheers and Look Who’s Talking star Kirstie Alley has died at the age of 71, her family confirmed on Monday.

Alley, one of the rare conservatives in Hollywood, died after a battle with cancer, which had been recently discovered. Her family hailed her as a “fierce and loving mother” and expressed gratitude for the medical professionals who tended to her.

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“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. As iconic as she was on screen, she was an even more amazing mother and grandmother,” her family wrote in a statement posted to Alley’s Twitter account.

Tributes to Alley began to pour in as word of her death spread online. Actor John Travolta, who stared alongside her in Look Who’s Talking, lavished praise on her.

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

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“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. We thank you for your love and prayers and ask that you respect our privacy at this difficult time,” the family added.

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