Kirstie Alley Mourned by 'Cheers' Stars Ted Danson and Kelsey Grammer

Kirstie Alley‘s death is not only shocking to fans, but also to her closest friends and costars — like Ted Danson and New Kids On the Block singer Jonathan Knight — who are expressing their love and admiration for the late actress.

Her fellow “Cheers” vet, Ted, says he was actually on a plane Monday, watching an episode of their classic sitcom — the one where guest star Tom Berenger proposes to Kirstie’s character, Rebecca.

He told People he got the horrible news about Kirstie when he got off that flight.

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He added, “I am so sad and so grateful for all the times she made me laugh. I send my love to her children. As they well know, their mother had a heart of gold. I will miss her.”

Kelsey Grammer also shared some of his thoughts on the loss, saying … “I always believed grief for a public figure is a private matter, but I will say I loved her.”

Of course, “Cheers” fans know Kirstie got her big break starring alongside Kelsey and Ted on the show.

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Jonathan, a longtime friend of Kirstie who she’d jokingly refer to as “her husband,” expressed his pain too … posting on social media about how his “heart is ripped into a million pieces, and half my soul has been taken away.”

Kirstie’s final TV performance was actually in April on “The Masked Singer” — she competed as the Baby Mammoth, beltin’ out to “Walkin’ After Midnight” by Patsy Cline and “The Shoop Shoop Song” by Cher.

She got a standing ovation from the judges, and said she wanted to be on the show for her grandkids.

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As we reported, Kirstie’s family announced her death Monday, saying “We are sad to inform you that our incredible, fierce and loving mother has passed away after a battle with cancer, only recently discovered.”

She was 71.

More and more celebs are honoring the actress and her career as they reel from the news of her sudden passing — making it clear how many people she touched.

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