Star Trek’s original Saavik, Kirstie Alley became an angel last night following a brief battle with cancer at the age of 71.
Kirstie’s son William True and daughter Lillie Price issued a statement on social media to announce the news:
“We are sad to inform you that our incredible, fierce and loving mother has passed away after a short battle with cancer, only recently discovered.
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.”
Apart from being known to Star Trek nerds like myself and Yoda, Kirstie was also best known for her roles on Cheers and the Look Who’s Talking films.
John Travolta paid tribute to his Look Who’s Talking co-star, writing on Instagram:
“Kirstie was one of the most special relationships I’ve ever had. I love you Kirstie. I know we will see each other again.”
Former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly tweeted:
“This is such sad news. A beautiful, brave, funny and beloved woman. Rest in Peace, Kirstie Alley.”
Cheers co-star Kelsey Grammar said in a statement that:
“’I always believed grief for a public figure is a private matter, but I will say I loved her.”
And finally Clancy Brown tweeted:
“Kirstie was beautiful in so many ways. I loved working with her. There was no one like her on earth. My condolences to her family.”
I could finish with the famous Vulcan phrase but that would obviously be completely wrong and ill-advised so I will just say – Kirstie Alley, thanks for the laughs. Cheers!