Kirstie Alley death: John Travolta leads Hollywood reactions

Honors are for Kirstie Alley, the Emmy-winning actress known for her work on the TV shows Cheers, Veronica’s Closet, and Fat Actress, as well as dozens of films.

Alley’s family announced her death via a statement saying the veteran performer had cancer that was “only recently discovered.” She was 71.

“We are saddened to announce that our incredible, wild and loving mother has passed away after a recently discovered battle with cancer,” said their children True and Lillie Parker. said in her statement posted on Alley’s official social media accounts.

“The zest for life and passion of our mother, her children, grandchildren and their many animals as well as their eternal joy in creating were unparalleled and inspire us to live life to the fullest, just as she did.”

John Travolta, who shared screens with Alley in several Look Who’s Talking movies beginning in 1989, paid tribute to his longtime friend on Instagram.

“Kirstie was one of the most extraordinary relationships I’ve ever had. Love you Kirstie,” Travolta captioned a gallery of two photos. “I know we will meet again.”

On his Instagram Stories, Travolta also shared a clip of him and Alley dancing in 1993’s “Look Who’s Talking Now,” the third and final installment in the rom-com series.

Jamie Lee Curtis, who starred alongside Alley in Hulu’s Scream Queens, fondly recalled Alley’s talent.

“She was a great comic slide on @tvscreamqueens and a beautiful mama bear in her very real life,” Curtis wrote on Instagram, sharing a photo of them from the series. “She helped me buy rompers for my family for Christmas back then. We agreed that we disagreed on some things but had a mutual respect and connection. Sad news.”

“I love you Kirstie. I will see you again one day. I can’t believe you’re gone.” tweeted Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth, who guest-starred on Alley’s TV-land series Kirstie.

“Sad to hear of the passing of @kirstiealley. Condolences to her family and friends.” tweeted William Shatner, who worked with her on Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

“A sweet soul pass in Kristie Alley. Sad, sad news. Prayers for all of her family.” tweeted Tim Allen, her co-star in For Richer or Poorer.

Clancy Brown, co-starred with Alley in the 1988 thriller Shoot to Kill and the 1996 TV movie Radiant City tweeted: “Kirstie was beautiful in so many ways. I loved working with her. There was no one like her on earth. My condolences to her family.”

“I’m just running the news on #KirstieAlley. I haven’t spoken to her forever, but I owe her the start of my career.” tweeted Ever Carradine, another former Alley co-star. “She told me I was fun at Veronica’s Closet every day and I believed her. She threw the best parties and gave away the parakeets as our present. Thank God.”

“I was lucky enough to know you @kirstiealley. Rest in peace my friend,” tweeted Comedian and podcast host Adam Carolla.

“Kirstie was a sweetheart,” said comedian Larry the Cable Guy tweeted with praying hands and heart emojis.

A woman poses on a red carpet

Kirstie Alley attends the 2015 season four premiere of HBO’s Girls in New York.

(Evan Agostini / Invision / Associated Press)

“Wow. This is shocking news,” tweeted Actress Yvette Nicole Brown.

Musician Vernon Reid of the rock band Living Color tweeted: “A lot of us are depressed right now. I can feel it. Kirstie Alley defined “relatable”. Beautiful & Funny is not easy to pull off. Kirstie Alley was part of a small pantheon of Fearless & Shameless. She always spoke her truth on screen. In our TV rooms. She is missed.”

The organization Women in Film also paid their respects to her. “WIF remembers @kirstiealley, who received dozens of nominations and won Emmy and Golden Globe awards for her memorable comedic performances, most notably in ‘Cheers’ and ‘Veronica’s Closet,'” the nonprofit tweeted.

Known for her love of animals, Alley has also been praised by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).

“From the smallest monkey to the largest elephant, Kirstie Alley treasured every animal,” according to the organization tweeted. “She fought for a future without animal testing or captivity in marine parks. Your desire to make the world a better place for all species will leave a lasting impression. Rest in peace.”

Alley has had a complicated, sometimes contentious, relationship with Hollywood given her politics and early support of former President Donald Trump. That was reflected in the number of Conservative figures who paid tribute on Monday night.

“So sad about Kirstie Alley. She was so sweet,” Candace Owens commented tweeted. “I send love to her family.”

“Shocked and saddened by the news of Kirstie Alley,” tweeted Country musician Travis Tritt.

“This is such sad news. A beautiful, brave, funny and loved woman. Rest in Peace Kirstie Alley,” TV host Megyn Kelly wrote on twitter.

“Hollywood lost one of its brightest stars today with the tragic death of Kirstie Alley.” tweeted Author Nick Adams. “Kirstie loved her country and President Trump, and she will always be remembered for her award-winning role in Cheers.”

“Whether you agreed with her or not, Kirstie Alley was an undeniable talent who brought joy to many – through the screen and with her warm, hilarious spirit.” tweeted Actor Jackee Harry. “RIP, dear. You were unique.”

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