Kirstie Alley, an actress whose career spanned more than four decades died Monday, per her family.
Her children said in a statement she died at 71 from cancer, which was "only recently discovered."
She is survived by her children and "her many animals," the statement said.
Kirstie Alley, an actress best known for her role in the TV show "Cheers," has died.
"We are sad to inform you that our incredible, fierce and loving mother has passed away after a battle with cancer, only recently discovered," read a statement released on Twitter by her children on Monday.
Alley, 71, is survived by her children and "her many animals," the statement said.
Born in Wichita, Kansas, to Robert Deal Alley and Lillian Alley, Alley made her first notable big-screen appearance in 1982 in "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" before starring in several smaller films like "Blind Date" and "Runaway."
Alley's breakthrough role came in 1987 when she was cast as the replacement for Shelley Long in the smash NBC sitcom "Cheers." From 1987 to 1993, she appeared as Rebecca Howe, the killjoy bar manager — a role that earned her an Emmy Award in 1991 for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series.
The prolific actress, who won a second Emmy in 1994 for the TV drama "David's Mother," would also star in "Look Who's Talking" and its two sequels, play a fictional version of herself in the Showtime series "Fat Actress," as well as the lead in "Veronica's Closet."
Actor John Travolta, who played her love interest in "Look Who's Talking," paid tribute to Alley on Instagram following the news of her death.
"Kirstie was one of the most special relationships I've ever had," the caption in his Instagram post read. "I love you Kirstie. I know we will see each other again."
Representatives for Alley did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.
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