Actress Kirstie Alley, best known for her role in the comedy series Cheers in the 1980s and 90s, has died of cancer at 71, according to a family statement.
“We are sad to inform you that our incredible, fierce and loving mother has passed away,” her children wrote.
Alley won an Emmy award and a Golden Globe for her role as a pub manager and waitress on the popular TV series.
On Cheers, the NBC sitcom about a bar in Boston, Alley played bar manager and cocktail waitress Rebecca Howe, soon becoming a fan favourite, fending off advances from Ted Danson’s womanising bar owner Sam Malone.
First appearing as a strong independent woman, her character repeatedly had failed romances, often with rich men, becoming more insecure and frustrated as a result.
She appeared in 147 episodes after joining the show at the height of its popularity in 1987 and continued to appear until its end in 1993.