"Cheers" star Kirstie Alley has died at age 71

Kirstie Alley, the two-time Emmy-winning star of classic sitcom “Cheers” and the comedy “Veronica’s Closet,” has died. She was 71.

Her passing was announced Monday evening on her official Twitter account by her children, True and Lillie Parker.

“We are sad to inform you that our incredible, fierce and loving mother has passed away after a battle with cancer, only recently discovered.

She was surrounded by her closest family and fought with great strength, leaving us with a certainty of her never-ending joy of living

As iconic as she was on screen, she was an even more amazing mother and grandmother,” wrote her children.

The family also acknowledged the “incredible team” at Moffitt Cancer Center in their statement.

Alley was best know for her turn as Rebecca Howe, the sexy bar manager in the NBC comedy “Cheers,” in which she starred opposite Ted Danson from 1987 to 1993

She won 1991 Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her portrayal, for which she was nominated five times.

She also landed a 1994 Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Special for the CBS drama “David’s Mother.”

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