Kelsey Grammer is mourning the passing of his Cheers co-star Kirstie Alley, who he says helped him battle his drug addiction +2023

Kelsey Grammer remembers his former cheers co-star Kirstie Alley just days after her unexpected death. Grammer, who called Alley a “lovable person,” in a new interview Yahoo entertainmentrevealed she helped him through his legal troubles and substance abuse issues while they were filming the hit sitcom.

Grammer, the Dr. Frasier Crane, who starred in the sitcom, starred alongside Alley’s Rebecca Howe, who appeared on the show for five years, beginning in 1987 and ending in 1993.

“I’ve always felt close to her. She was very supportive back then cheers Days where I sort of had a little problem with drugs and the law,” Grammer said of his co-star. “But other than that, I just really enjoyed it.”

Grammer, who spoke about the tragic deaths in his family that led to him in 2017 dealing with drugs and alcohol, was arrested for drunk driving in 1987 and again a year later for possession of cocaine while driving.

Prior to his 1990 conviction for violating his probation, Alley tried to persuade the judge When she revealed that her mother had been killed by a drunk driver, she asked Grammer to attend an educational program instead of serving the prison sentence. He served 14 days of the 30-day sentence.

Grammer joined cheers at the beginning of the third season in 1984, just three years before Alley made her debut on the show. The actor had nothing but positive things to say about his former co-star, who died at the age of 71 from a battle with colon cancer.

“When she came in cheers, I was like, ‘Well, this is a show. It’s going to be more popular than before,” Grammer said Yahoo. “She walked in and she had such energy and also such beauty, natural qualities that made her a lovely person and a nice girl, you know what we still cared about at the time.”

He continued: “Without embarrassment yes I thought she was a really beautiful woman and she was lovely. And that’s a rare combination. And she just always, always kept things alive and bubbly and creative.”

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