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Kirstie Alley dead at 71: Emmy award winning actress passes away after battle with ‘recently discovered’ cancer

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EMMY Award winning actress Kirstie Alley has died at age 71. Alley, who rose to stardom on the '80s and '90s sitcom Cheers, died of "recently discovered" cancer, her family announced on Monday.

Alley's children, True and Lillie Parker, announced her death in a social media post. "She was surrounded by her closest family and fought with great strength," the statement reads. "As iconic as she was on screen, she was an even more amazing mother and grandmother." The family also extended their thanks and gratitude to the team at the Moffitt Cancer Center for their care. "Out 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 won an Emmy Award in 1991 and a Golden Globe for her role of Rebecca Howe on Cheers.

Her second Emmy win came in 1994 for her portrayal of Sally Goodson in David's Mother. Her other major TV credits include Veronica's Closet, which ran from 1997-2000, 2005's Fat Actress, which she co-wrote and starred in, and Scream Queens.

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