Kirstie Alley passed away this week at the age of 71 after a brief battle with cancer. Her children confirmed the sad news with a statement that read, “We are sad to inform you that our incredible, fierce and loving mother has passed away after a battle with cancer, only recently discovered. 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. As iconic as she was on screen, she was an even more amazing mother and grandmother.”
They added that her “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. We thank you for your love and prayers and ask that you respect our privacy at this difficult time.”
Tim Allen and other celebs pay tribute to Kirstie Alley
After the news broke of her passing, many of her former co-stars and celebrity friends paid tribute to her on social media. Tim Allen, who starred alongside Kirstie in the 1997 film For Richer or Poorer, wrote on Twitter, “A sweet soul pass on in Kristie Alley. Sad, sad news. Prayers for all her family.”
In addition, John Travolta, one of Kirstie’s longtime friends and co-star in Look Who’s Talking, wrote, “Kirstie was one of the most special relationships I’ve ever had. I love you Kirstie. I know we will see each other again.”
Many fans also wrote about Kirstie online and shared their favorite movies that she starred in and thanked her for talking openly about her struggles with weight. She truly inspired so many. May she rest in peace.