Gone too soon.
That’s how the world is responding to news that Kirstie Alley has died at the age of 71. The cause of death was revealed today to be colon cancer.
Word spread quickly after her adult children, True and Lillie Parker, made the sad announcement over Twitter.
“As iconic as she was on screen, she was an even more amazing mother and grandmother.”
— Kirstie Alley (@kirstiealley) December 6, 2022
The AP News reports, “Alley died of cancer that was only recently discovered.”
Alley was a two-time Emmy winner, winner of the Golden Globe, star of Cheers, Veronica’s Closet, Look Who’s Talking, and dozens of other films and television shows. She was also an outspoken conservative.
In a statement to People, Cheers co-star Ted Danson says,
“‘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,’ Danson said.”
“‘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.'”
The AP report mentions tributes from two other Cheers co-stars.
“Kelsey Grammer said in a statement that ‘I always believed grief for a public figure is a private matter, but I will say I loved her.’”
“Rhea Pearlman, recounted how she and Alley became friends almost instantly after she joined the show. She said Alley organized large Easter and Halloween parties and invited everyone. ‘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.’”
Actors Dean Cain and Hollywood stunt coordinator and close friend of Kirstie, Wally Crowder shared remembrances of the star on Fox News this morning.
Dean Cain acknowledged that her family will miss her but also stated, “I think everybody feels the loss.”
The Daily Wire quotes “Actor John Travolta posted about Alley’s death on Instagram, writing: ‘Kirstie was one of the most special relationships I’ve ever had. I love you Kirstie. I know we will see each other again.’”
Tim Allen tweeted, “A sweet soul pass on in Kristie Alley. Sad, sad news. Prayers for all her family.”
RIP Kirstie Alley. “Everybody Knows Your Name” #BePeace
— Carl Weathers (@TheCarlWeathers) December 6, 2022
Carl Weathers may have summed it up for us all in his farewell tweet. “RIP Kirstie Alley. ‘Everybody Knows Your Name.’” Indeed.