Parker Stevenson, who achieved fame for his role in the TV series Hardy Boys, which ran from the late ’70s to the early ’80s, recently shared a profound tribute to his late ex-wife, Kirstie Alley. The ex-lovers co-starred in the miniseries North & South: Book 2, Love and War in 1986 before their relationship ended in 1997.
Alley and Stevenson tied the knot in 1983 and share two children, William True and Lillie Price, who was adopted in 1992 and 1995, respectively. Following the death of their mother, True and Lillie revealed Alley died after battling cancer and that it had progressed before she discovered it.
Parker Stevenson and his daughters pay tribute to Kirstie Alley
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“We are sad to inform you that our incredible, fierce and loving mother has passed away after a battle with cancer, only recently discovered,” True and Lillie posted on their mother’s Twitter account. “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.”
Also, Stevenson shared a throwback picture of him and Alley when they were couples with an emotional caption. “Dear Kirstie,” he wrote, “I am so grateful for our years together, and for the two incredibly beautiful children and now grandchildren that we have. You will be missed. With love, Parker.”
Instagram Users react to Parker Stevenson’s post
Sympathizing with him on the death of his ex-wife, netizens took to Stevenson’s comment section to give their condolences. A die-hard fan wrote, “My heart is shattered😭💔 I’ve been watching Cheers episodes and lovers her on it. She’s always been my fave actress.My condition to You, Lisa, True and Lily🙏Rest in Peace beautiful.”
“Oh Parker, I thought of you first when I heard the sad news. I posted this for her. She will never be forgotten. So many memories,” a sad user mourns. While another person commented, “I’m so very very sorry to hear this. Kirstie was a very talented actress and I’ve followed her over the years. Thinking of you and your family🙏🙏.”
Parker Stevenson and Kirstie Alley’s love life
Kirstie had previously married Bob Alley, from whom she took up the stage name “Alley” in 1970 until the union broke down in 1977. The Cheers star and Stevenson met each other at a bar. Although she couldn’t recognize him as the actor from The Hardy Boys, she fell in love immediately. “I saw him and said to my roommate,” she recalled in an interview with PEOPLE. “For him, I would die.”
The couple was married for 14 years, from 1983 till their separation in 1997. According to a report by Closer magazine, Alley blamed the failure of their marriage on their incompatibility. “There was no infidelity in my marriage, on either side,” she revealed. “There was nothing other than maybe different goals in life.”