Donald Trump has joined the list of celebrities paying tribute to Kirsty Alley during the shocking announcement of her death.
“Kirsty was a wonderful person who truly loved America. We will miss her!!!” the former US president wrote on the Truth Social website on Monday.
Alley, who starred in the TV series Cheers and Veronica’s Closet, has died after a brief battle with colon cancer, a representative has confirmed.
The devout Scientologist unabashedly endorsed the “Apprentice” star during his 2020 re-election campaign.
She faced backlash on social media for supporting Trump, claiming she was blackballed for her political leanings.
In a May 2021 interview with Fox Nation’s Tucker Carlson, Alley said he was previously advised to keep quiet about which side of the aisle he was on during the 2016 election.
But in Trump’s re-election campaign, she openly endorsed him, announcing: twitter She plans to vote for him in 2020 because he is “not a politician” and “gets things done quickly and turns the economy around quickly.”
“People say, ‘You’re so brave.’ I said, ‘No, I think I’m stupid,'” she confided to Carlson. And it’s a real blackball situation, which is very strange to me because artists are free thinkers most of the time.”
“Unless you’re clearly voting for Trump, you can cook meth and sleep with prostitutes,” she added, referring to Hollywood’s hypocrisy. I feel like I am.”
Shortly after the Jan. 6 Capitol riots, Trump was banned from Twitter for violating the company’s policy against inciting violence.
Earlier this year, the two-time Emmy winner appeared on Season 7 of Fox’s The Masked Singer. Popular celebrity talent contested her series, Trump supporter Rudy Giuliani endured criticism over her controversial casting.
Flowers were laid for the stars of Alley’s Walk of Fame at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard on Tuesday afternoon.
Walk of Fame producer Ana Martinez said in a statement: “It is with great sadness that Kirsty Alley has passed away. My heart goes out to her family. In real life, she was always in the spotlight for her beauty and raw personality, and she will be sorely missed.”