AceShowbiz - New detail of Kirstie Alley's mystery illness that led to her untimely passing has been revealed. Hours after the actress' death was announced by her family, her representative confirmed that the "Cheers" star was diagnosed with colon cancer.
According to Daily Mail, Kirstie will be cremated instead of buried. A memorial service will be held in honor of the "Veronica's Closet" alum at the Church of Scientology's Clearwater, Florida, headquarters.
Kirstie's family broke the sad news of her death on Monday, December 5. In a statement posted on her social media accounts, her children True, 30, and Lillie, 28, "To all our friends, far and wide around the world… We are sad to inform you that our incredible, fierce and loving mother has passed away after a battle with cancer, only recently discovered."
They continued, "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. As iconic as she was on screen, she was an even more amazing mother and grandmother."
"We are grateful to the incredible team of doctors and nurses at the Moffitt Cancer Center for their care," Kirstie's children added. Remembering her, they said, "Our mother's zest and passion for life, her children, grandchildren and her many animals, not to mention her eternal joy of creating, were unparalleled and leave us inspired to live life to the fullest just as she did."
"We thank you for your love and prayers and ask that you respect our privacy at this difficult time," they concluded. Kirstie was 71 years old.
Kirstie shared her two children with her ex-husband Parker Stevenson, who has broken his silence in the wake of her death. "Dear Kirstie," he wrote on Instagram alongside a throwback photo of the two, "I am so grateful for our years together, and for the two incredibly beautiful children and now grandchildren that we have." The "Baywatch" alum concluded, "You will be missed. With love, Parker."
Kirstie's pals and former co-stars have also paid tribute to her. John Travolta posted on Instagram along with a throwback photo of the late actress with him, "Kirstie was one of the most special relationships I've ever had. I love you Kirstie. I know we will see each other again."
Jamie Lee Curtis remembered her "Scream Queens" co-star, "She was a great comic foil in @tvscreamqueens and a beautiful mama bear in her very real life. She helped me buy onesies for my family that year for Christmas. We agreed to disagree about some things but had a mutual respect and connection. Sad news."
Tim Allen, who co-starred with Kirstin in "For Richer or Poorer", tweeted, "A sweet soul pass on in Kristie Alley. Sad, sad news. Prayers for all her family." Kirstie's "Cheers" co-star Kelsey Grammer said in a statement to Variety, "I always believed grief for a public figure is a private matter, but I will say I loved her."