Actor Kirstie Alley died this week on the age of 71 after a brief battle with colon cancer. She survived by her two youngsters — True, 30, and Lillie, 28. An announcement from the youngsters confirmed the information on Monday.
The children assertion was a touching tribute to their mom who they described as their “incredible, fierce and loving mother.” They wrote that the It Takes Two actress had been receiving therapy at Moffitt Most cancers Middle in Tampa, Florida, previous to her passing.
“She was surrounded by her closest household and fought with nice energy, leaving us with a certainty of her unending pleasure of residing and no matter adventures lie forward. As iconic as she was on display, she was an much more wonderful mom and grandmother,” they mentioned of their assertion.
Alley’s youngsters additionally shared how their mom lived with “zest and fervour for all times, her youngsters, grandchildren and her many animals, to not point out her everlasting pleasure of making, had been unparalleled and go away us impressed to reside life to the fullest simply as she did.”
The assertion concluded with the siblings thanking Alley’s followers, writing, “We thanks in your love and prayers and ask that you just respect our privateness at this troublesome time.”
In an announcement to PEOPLE, True and Lillie mentioned their mom had been identified with most cancers “solely just lately.”
Alley turned a mother in 1992 when she adopted True along with her ex-husband, Peter Stevenson. In. 1994, they turned a household of 4 with the addition of their daughter, Lillie.
“My very best quality is that I am an excellent mom,” Alley advised PEOPLE in 2006.
In 2016, the Look Who’s Speaking actress became a first-time grandmother after her son True welcomed his personal son. “When your son has a son … bliss … sure that is my secret blissful information as promised … Welcome Waylon Tripp Parker,” she tweeted together with a photograph of True holding his new child on his chest.
Alley turned a grandmother for the second time in 2021 when Lillie welcomed her first little one — a son named Ripp Woodrow Graham.
Alley famous that being a grandmother was among the finest issues in her life, telling PEOPLE in 2016 that it was “within the prime three finest issues that has ever occurred” to her.
“Buddies used to point out photos of their grandkids and I would be like, ‘Yeah yeah they’re [cute]’ or no matter.’ Now I am completely that grandmother.”