Alley’s children True and Lillie Parker said the “fierce” actress died after a short battle with “recently discovered” cancer in an announcement posted on social media today.
“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,” the siblings said.
“As iconic as she was on screen, she was an even more amazing mother and grandmother.”
Alley won an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for her breakout role in the ’90s sitcom Cheers, and also received critical acclaim for her performance in Veronica’s Closet, where she played the titular role.
She had a career that spanned more than three decades.