Actress Kirstie Alley dies in Tampa at 71 following battle with cancer

Author: Matthew Rodriguez / CBS Los Angeles
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NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 05: Actress Kirstie Alley attends the “Girls” season four series premiere at American Museum of Natural History on January 5, 2015 in New York City. Credit: CBS LA

Actress Kirstie Alley, known for her breakout role in the sitcom “Cheers,” has died in a Tampa treatment center after a recent battle with cancer. She was 71.

“We are sad to inform you that our incredible, fierce and loving mother has passed away after a battle with cancer, only recently discovered,” her children True and Lillie Parker said on Alley’s Twitter. “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.”

In 1991, Alley received an Emmy Award and Golden Globe for her role as Rebecca Howe on “Cheers.”

“I am so sad and so grateful for all the times she made me laugh,” said Ted Danson, who played Sam Malone in “Cheers.”

In the years after Cheers, Alley earned more nods for her role in the sitcom “Veronica’s Closet” and the miniseries “Last Don.” She captured her second Emmy Award in 1994 for her role as Sally Goodson in the T.V. movie “David’s Mother.”

“As iconic as she was on screen, she was an even more amazing mother and grandmother,” said her children.

According to her children, Alley was being treated at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Florida.

“We are grateful for the incredible team of doctors and nurses at the Moffitt Cancer Center for their care,” they said.

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