Kirstie Alley: Official Cause of Death Confirmed


As you have very likely heard by now, Kirstie Alley died on Monday at the age of 71.

The veteran actress 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,” wrote her two children in a statement last night to People Magazine.

They added that Alley — best known for roles in Cheers and the Look Who’s Talking franchise, among many other small screen projects — was “an amazing mother and grandmother.”

Kirstie Alley salutes the camera in this photo of the actress back in the year 2013.

The late star had been receiving treatment at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida for a type of cancer that had only “recently [been] discovered.”

Now, meanwhile, we now know the exact type of cancer that took Alley’s life.

According to a rep for Alley, the actress passed away from colon cancer.

Kirstie Alley attends the premiere of Quiver Distribution’s “The Fanatic” at the Egyptian Theatre on August 22, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

In their moving message, Alley’s son and daughter noted how their 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.”

Alley rose to fame in 1987 when she starred as Rebecca Howe on NBC’s iconic sitcom Cheers.

She earned a Golden Globe for best actress and an Emmy for outstanding lead actress for her part in the Boston-based series in 1991.

Alley went on to receive her second Emmy win for her portrayal of Sally Goodson in David’s Mother in 1994.

BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 10: Runner up Kirstie Alley is evicted during the Celebrity Big Brother final 2018 at Elstree Studios on September 10, 2018 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

Among those who paid tribute to Alley in the wake of her death was long-time Cheers colleague Ted Danson, who wrote the following:

“I was on a plane today and did something I rarely do. I watched an old episode of Cheers. It was the episode where Tom Berenger proposes to Kirstie, who keeps saying no, even though she desperately wants to say yes.

“Kirstie was truly brilliant in it.

“Her ability to play a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown was both moving and hysterically funny. She made me laugh 30 years ago when she shot that scene, and she made me laugh today just as hard.

“As I got off the plane, I heard that Kirstie had died.

“I am so sad and so grateful for all the times she made me laugh. I send my love to her children. As they well know, their mother had a heart of gold. I will miss her.”

Added Rhea Perlman, who also helped anchor Cheers:

“Kirstie was a unique and wonderful person and friend. Her joy of being was boundless. We became friends almost instantly when she joined the cast of Cheers.

“She loved kids and my kids loved her too. We had sleepovers at her house, with treasure hunts that she created.

“She had massive Halloween and Easter parties, and invited the entire crew of the show, and their families. She wanted everyone to feel included.

“She loved her children deeply. I’ve never met anyone remotely like her. I feel so thankful to have known her. I’m going to miss her very, very much.”

NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 27: Kirstie Alley attends Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s Ballroom Birthday Bash at the Hammerstein Ballroom on January 27, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

The wildly successful actress also appeared on television shows including:

Veronica’s Closet (1997-2000), Fat Actress (2005), Kirstie (2013-2014), and Scream Queens (2015-2016)… as well as films like Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), Summer School (1987), Look Who’s Talking (1989), It Takes Two (1995) and Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999).

In 2010, her life was chronicled on the A&E reality TV series Kirstie Alley’s Big Life.

She also competed on season 12 of Dancing with the Stars in 2011, and season 7 of The Masked Singer in 2022.

May Kirstie Alley rest in peace.

Kirstie Alley: Official Cause of Death Confirmed was originally published on The Hollywood Gossip .

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