Friday, June 21, 2024

Shocker: “Cheers” Star Kirstie Alley Dies After Bout with Cancer at Age 71, Made Scientology Her Primary Focus — Did It Fail Her?


This is a shock: “Cheers” actress Kirstie Alley has died from cancer at age 71. Her family says in a statement:

“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,” reads the statement. “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.”

Alley starred as Rebecca in “Cheers,” and after that in her own series, “Veronica’s Closet.” She was also well known for the “Look Who’s Talking” series.

But Alley’s primary focus in later years was promoting Scientology. They underwrote a diet company for her which closed quickly. Strangely enough. although she lived in Maine, Alley died at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, not far from Scientology headquarters. She’s the second woman in Scientologist John Travolta’s close personal circle, including his late wife Kelly Preston, to succumb to cancer.

Sources point out that Alley had been living near the Scientology center in Clearwater. They also point out that Scientology believes illnesses can be cured by Scientology “tech” — their mumbo jumbo that has nothing to do with medicine or regular medical treatment.

Alley is survived by her adult children, adopted with former husband, Parker Stevenson.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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