Kirstie Alley’s last television appearance on The Masked Singer in April was just over seven months before her death.
Alley, who died aged 71 after a battle with colon cancer, had a brief stint in singing competition as a baby mammoth.
The “Cheers” star, dressed in the fuzzy costume, came out performing Patsy Cline’s “Walkin’ After Midnight” in week 7 of the show’s seventh season and received a standing ovation from the four panelists.
The following week, Alley faced off against Space Bunny – later revealed to be Shaggy – in a duel to stay in the running.
She sang Meghan Trainor’s “Me Too” and ultimately received the lowest number of votes from the panelists – but they had trouble guessing who was behind the baby mammoth mask.
Ken Jeong guessed Reese Witherspoon, Robin Thicke guessed Kirsten Dunst, and Nicole Scherzinger guessed Rachael Ray. Jenny McCarthy was the only one who could correctly guess her identity from the clues.
A clue to the celebrity in the baby mammoth was a birdcage that read “danger to wildlife,” which confused some panelists – but the clue represented Alley’s love of wildlife. The Emmy Award-winning actress had 15 lemurs, dogs, cats, birds and squirrels.
“You’re incredibly talented and funny,” McCarthy said after Alley revealed her identity.
“There’s nobody like Kirstie Alley,” Thicke said. “It is truly a blessing and an honor to have you here. Thanks for coming out.”
At the start of the competition, Alley’s Baby Mammoth sang “The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss)” by Cher.
“I’ve done a lot of things in my career, but I’ve never been in the circus,” Alley joked after exposing herself.
When host Nick Cannon asked the Veronica’s Closet star what she loved most about the show, she replied that she did it for her grandchildren.
“I have grandchildren, and they’re very young, so they’re going to think that’s good,” she shared.
It appears her stint on The Masked Singer came before she was diagnosed with cancer — which her kids said was “only recently discovered.”
While her last television appearance saw her behind a mask, Alley’s last on-camera moment was on Sept. 8 in an Instagram post announcing she was on the cameo app.
“A couple of you have asked me to do these greetings and I always do what you ask me to do,” she said in the video.
“If you want something funny or something sincere — I would really try to be sincere,” she joked. “Like something like ‘Hi, I love you’ or ‘Merry Christmas’ or ‘I want a divorce.’ Whatever you need, I will do it.”
Her death was announced on Monday evening Twitter through a statement from their children.
“We are saddened to announce that our incredible, fierce and loving mother has passed away after a battle with only recently diagnosed cancer,” the statement said. “She was surrounded by her closest family and fought with great vigour, leaving us reassured of her never-ending zest for life and all the adventures ahead. As iconic as she was on screen, she was an even more amazing mother and grandmother.”
Alley rose to fame during her stint on Cheers as Rebecca Howe, who starred opposite Ted Danson from 1987 to 1993.
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