Hollywood Actress Kirsty Alley died after a battle with cancer, her family and managers announced on Monday night. She was 71 years old.
We are sad to inform you that our incredible, fierce and loving mother has passed away after a battle with cancer, only recently discovered,” Alley’s children True and Lillie Parker wrote in a statement that was shared on Alley’s Twitter.
“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.”
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,” they added. “We thank you for your love and prayers and ask that you respect our privacy at this difficult time.”
Alley, who was born in Wichita, Kansas, to Robert Deal Alley and Lillian Alley in 1951, first appeared in the 1982 film “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” where she played the Vulcan Starfleet officer Lieutenant Saavik.