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Kirstie Alley Dies: ‘Cheers’ Emmy Winner, ‘Veronica’s Closet’ Star & Reality TV Staple Was 71

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Here is the text of the IG post: Kirstie Alley, who won an Emmy for Cheers and went on to lead Veronica’s Closet and appear in numerous unscripted shows, has died of cancer, according to a post on her official Instagram account (read it below).

She was 71. Alley earned five consecutive Lead Actress Emmy nominations from 1988-93 for playing Rebecca Howe on Cheers, having joined the NBC comedy in its sixth season after original star Shelley Long left.

She won the Emmy in 1991. Alley also won an Emmy for her starring role in the 1994 telefilm David’s Mother and was nominated in 1998 for her lead turn in NBC’s Veronica Closet.

She also had an Emmy nom for a supporting role in the 1997 miniseries The Last Don. Born on January 12, 1951, in Wichita, Kansas, Alley began her screen career in the late 1970s and played Saavik in the hit 1982 feature Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

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