Her death certificate, which Us acquired on Thursday, December 29, states that the former Cheers cast member passed away at her home in Clearwater, Florida. She had a 71-year-old age.
The It Takes Two actress was being treated in Tampa, Florida’s Moffitt Cancer Center after receiving a colon cancer diagnosis.
After Alley passed away, her adult children William True Stevenson and Lillie Stevenson whom she had with her ex-husband Parker Stevenson announced her death on the actress’ Instagram page.
We regret to inform you that, following a struggle with cancer that was only recently detected, our beautiful, fierce, and beloved mother died away on December 5 social media statement read. “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.”
William and Lillie continued: “Our mother’s 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.”
Parker, who was married to Alley from 1983 to 1997, shared his own heartfelt tribute to his ex in the wake of her death.
“Dear Kirstie, I am so grateful for our years together, and for the two incredibly beautiful children and now grandchildren that we have,” the 70-year-old Baywatch alum wrote via Instagram on December 5, alongside an old photo of the two together. “You will be missed. With love, Parker.”
In addition to their two children, Alley and Parker shared three grandchildren. The Fat Actress alum previously referred to herself as “Gammy” in social media posts about the little ones.
The Look Who’s Talking star was also honored by many of her former costars after her passing. Alley’s It Takes Two costar Steve Guttenberg recalled “her generosity of the tangible” and “her soulfulness” in his December 6 tribute, adding, “The world is a bit empty without Kirstie.”
John Travolta, who played opposite Alley in the Look Who’s Talking film franchise, penned: “Kirstie was one of the most special relationships I’ve ever had.”
Alley’s Cheers costar Ted Danson, for his part, shared a poignant anecdote with Deadline after the actress’ death.
“I was on a plane today and did something I rarely do. I watched an old episode of Cheers. It was the episode where Tom Berenger proposes to Kirstie, who keeps saying no, even though she desperately wants to say yes. Kirstie was truly brilliant in it,” the Good Place alum told the outlet. “Her ability to play a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown was both moving and hysterically funny. She made me laugh 30 years ago when she shot that scene, and she made me laugh today just as hard. As I got off the plane, I heard that Kirstie had died. I am so sad and so grateful for all the times she made me laugh. I send my love to her children. As they well know, their mother had a heart of gold. I will miss her.”