Kirstie Alley’s Ex-Husband Parker Stevenson Pays Tribute After Her Death

Kirstie Alley’s ex Parker Stevenson—who was married to her for 15 years before splitting in 1997—shared a message following the actress' death, saying he was "grateful" for their years together.

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Following news of Kirstie Alley's death, Parker Stevenson paid tribute to his ex-wife, who he was married to for 15 years.

"Dear Kirstie, I am so grateful for our years together," the actor—who shares kids True, 30, and Lillie, 27—wrote on Instagram Dec. 6, "and for the two incredibly beautiful children and now grandchildren that we have. "You will be missed. With love, Parker."

Along with the message, the actor shared a throwback pic of the former couple attending the premiere of the movie Shoot to Kill in 1988.

Their children were the ones to announce the devastating news that their mom had died at the age of 71. Her rep later shared that Kirstie was battling colon cancer.

"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," her kids shared on social media. "As iconic as she was on screen, she was an even more amazing mother and grandmother."

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Several of Kirstie's co-stars from over the years reflected on their memories of the Emmy winner, including Cheers star Ted Danson, who said the star had a "heart of gold."

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"I was on a plane today and did something I rarely do. I watched an old episode of Cheers," he said in a statement to E! News. "It was the episode where Tom Berenger proposes to Kirstie, who keeps saying no, even though she desperately wants to say yes. Kirstie was truly brilliant in it. Her ability to play a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown was both moving and hysterically funny."

The actor continued, "She made me laugh 30 years ago when she shot that scene, and she made me laugh today just as hard. As I got off the plane, I heard that Kirstie had died. I am so sad and so grateful for all the times she made me laugh. I send my love to her children. I will miss her." 

For his part, John Travolta looked back on their longstanding friendship. "Kirstie was one of the most special relationships I've ever had," her Look Who's Talking co-star said. "I love you Kirstie. I know we will see each other again." (Read more touching tributes here.)

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