US actress Kirstie Alley dies at age 71

American actress Kirstie Louise Alley popularly known for her breakout role as Rebecca Howe in the NBC sitcom Cheers has died of cancer at age 71.

“We are sad to inform you that our incredible, fierce and loving mother has passed away, ” her children wrote.

According to the statement by her children, the Emmy Award wining actress was recently diagnosed with cancer and was being treated at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Florida.

Kirstie’s co-stars and others have since been pouring out their condolences to the family.

“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.” – kirstie’s ex husband, Parker Stevenson.

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