Cheers Star Kirstie Alley, 71, Succumbs to Colon Cancer

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

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

John Travolta paid tribute to his longtime friend and former movie co-star on Instagram.

Kirstie was one of the most special relationships I’ve ever had,” he posted to Instagram after her death was announced. “I love you Kirstie. I know we will see each other again.”

Alley was best known for her turn as Rebecca Howe, the 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.

RIP Kirstie Louise Alley (January 12, 1951 – December 5, 2022)

UPDATE: Multiple news reports the day after her passing revealed it was colon cancer.