Kirstie Alley: Emmy- winning Cheers actress dies of cancer at 71

The family statement did not specify what cancer she had' but said it was ''only recently discovered''

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Alley won an Emmy award and a Golden Globe for her role as a pub manager and waitress on the popular TV series

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''As iconic as she was on screen, she was an even more amazing mother and grandmother

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Enthusiasm and passion for life, also admired by her children, grandchildren and her many animals

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First appearing as a strong independent woman, her character had repeated failed romances

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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

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A two-time Primetime Emmy Award winner, Alley was born in Wichita, Kansas in 1951

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