John Travolta remembers Kirstie Alley after her death at 71

John Travolta remembered actress Kirstie Alley after she died of cancer aged 71.

A statement posted to social media via her official accounts said: “We are sad to inform you that our amazing, fierce and loving mother has passed away after a recently discovered battle with cancer.”

Alley appeared in various films during the 1980s and 1990s, including the 1989 romantic comedy film Look Who’s Talking, in which she starred with Travolta.

The pair reprized their roles for the film’s two sequels, Look Who’s Talking Too (1990) and Look Who’s Talking Now (1993).

Sharing a photo of them together on Instagram, Travolta wrote: “Kirstie was one of the most special relationships I have ever had.

“I love you Kirstie. I know we will meet again.”

She was best known for her breakout role as Rebecca Howe on the NBC sitcom Cheers from 1987 to 1993, and received both an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe for the role in 1991.

In 2018, she took part in the 22nd series of UK Celebrity Big Brother, in which she finished second.

Her family’s statement added, “She was surrounded by her closest family and fought with great strength, leaving us with a certainty of her endless zest for life and whatever adventures lie ahead.

“As iconic as she was on screen, she was an even more incredible mother and grandmother.”

The family then thanked the “incredible” team of doctors and nurses at Moffitt Cancer Center in Florida for their care.

Kirstie Alley was a finalist on the 22nd series of UK Celebrity Big Brother in 2018 (Ian West/PA)

They added: “The joy of life and passion of our mother, her children, her grandchildren and her many animals, not to mention her eternal joy in creating, was unparalleled and leaves us inspired to live life to the full as she did it.

“We thank you for your love and prayers and ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.”

Alley’s other film roles include Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan (1982), Summer School (1987), Sibling Rivalry (1990), It Takes Two (1995), Village Of The Damned (1995), For Richer Or Poorer (1997) and Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999).

She won her second Emmy Award in 1994 for the TV movie David’s Mother and received another Emmy nomination in 1997 for her work in the crime drama series The Last Don.

She earned further Emmy and Golden Globe nominations as the titular star of Veronica’s Closet, which ran from 1997 to 2000, and played a fictionalized version of herself in Fat Actress in 2005.

In 2016, she appeared in the Fox comedy horror series Scream Queens, alongside Jamie Lee Curtis.

She has also made several reality television appearances, first as a contestant on the 12th season of Dancing With The Stars, where she finished in second place.

During her time on Big Brother, she shared the house with other famous faces, including Coronation Street star Ryan Thomas and The Only Way Is Essex’s Dan Osbourne, who finished in first and third place respectively.

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