A legend is lost. ‘Cheers’ actress Kirstie Alley died at the age of 71on Dec. 5 and her co-stars from the hit show were among the first to pay their respects.
It’s a sad day for Cheers fans, as the beloved actress Kirstie Alley has died at the age of 71. After a battle with cancer, the iconic TV and film star passed away on December 5th, and the loss was immediately felt by those who knew her best.
In statements to PEOPLE, Ted, who played Sam opposite Kirstie on the beloved sitcom, and Rhea, who played sassy barmaid Carla Tortelli, both spoke out on Dec 5. “I was on a plane today and did something I rarely do,” Ted said. “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. 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.”
“Kirstie was a unique and wonderful person and friend,” Rhea told the outlet. “Her joy of being was boundless. We became friends almost instantly when she joined the cast of Cheers. She loved kids and my kids loved her too. We had sleepovers at her house, with treasure hunts that she created. She had massive Halloween and Easter parties, and invited the entire crew of the show, and their families. She wanted everyone to feel included. She loved her children deeply. I’ve never met anyone remotely like her. I feel so thankful to have known her. I’m going to miss her very, very much.”
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