Kirsty Alley’s last television appearance was in The Masked Singer in April, just seven months before her death.
Alley, who died aged 71 after a battle with colon cancer, had a brief stint as a baby mammoth on the singing competition.
The “Cheers” star came out dressed in a fuzzy suit to sing In week 7 of the show’s season 7, Patsy Cline’s “Walking After Midnight” received a standing ovation from all four panelists.
The following week, Alley competed in a duel with Space Bunny – later revealed to be Shaggy – to remain in the competition.
She sang ‘Me Too’ by Meghan Trainor and ended up getting the fewest votes from the panellists – but they had trouble guessing who was behind the Baby Mammoth mask.
Ken Jeong guessed it was Reese Witherspoon, Robin Thicke guessed it was Kirsten Dunst, and Nicole Scherzinger guessed it was Rachel Ray. Jenny McCarthy was the only one who got it right based on the clues.
A reference to the baby mammoth’s true identity was a birdcage with the words “monsters are dangerous,” which confused some of the panelists, but the allusion represented Alley’s love of animals. The Emmy-winning actress had 15 lemurs, dogs, cats, birds and squirrels.
“You’re so talented and funny,” McCarthy said after Alley disclosed his personality.
“There’s no one like Kirsty Alley,” said Thicke. “It is truly a pleasure and an honor to have you here. Thank you for coming out.’
Alley’s Baby Mammoth in an earlier contest sang “The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in Her Kiss)” by Cher.
“I’ve done a lot of things in my career, but I’ve never been to a circus,” Alley joked after taking off his mask.
When host Nick Cannon asked the ‘Veronica’s Closet’ star what her favorite part of being on the show was, she said it was for her grandchildren.
“I have grandchildren and they’re very young, so they think it’s good,” she said.
Apparently, her time on The Masked Singer took place before she was diagnosed with cancer – which her children “recently discovered”.
While her last television appearance was in disguise, Alley’s last on-camera moment was on September 8 Instagram post announcing that it’s on the Cameo app.
“A bunch of you asked me to do this greeting and I always do what you ask,” he said in the video.
“If you want something funny or if you want something sincere – I try to be really sincere,” he joked. Like, “Hi, I love you,” “Merry Christmas,” or “I want a divorce.” Whatever you need, I’ll do it.
His death was announced on Monday evening Twitter through a statement made by his children.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our incredible, fierce and loving mother following a recent diagnosis of cancer,” the statement read. “He was surrounded by his closest family and fought with great strength, assuring us of the endless joy of life and the adventures ahead. As wonderful as she was on screen, she was an even more wonderful mother and grandmother.”
Alley rose to fame from 1987 to 1993 during her tenure as Rebecca Hough on Cheers, co-starring Ted Danson.