Kirstie Alley died yesterday after what her family described as a "short battle with cancer." She was 71 years old.
They said the cancer was "only recently discovered," and Kirstie, quote, "fought with great strength, leaving us with a certainty of her never-ending joy of living and whatever adventures lie ahead."
Kirstie is best known for playing Rebecca Howe on NBC's "Cheers" from 1987 to 1993. A second NBC sitcom, "Veronica's Closet," aired for three seasons, from 1997 to 2000.
She made her film debut in "Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan" in 1982. Her other films included "Summer School," "Village of the Damned," and the "Look Who's Talking" flicks . . . where she co-starred with John Travolta.
John posted a tribute to Kirstie, saying, quote, "Kirstie was one of the most special relationships I've ever had. I love you, Kirstie. I know we will see each other again."