Marcia Strassman has died age 66.

The actress, who played the role of Diane Szalinski in the 1989 film 'Honey, I Shrunk the Kids' and its sequel 'Honey, I Blew Up the Kid', as well as the 3-D film spin-off 'Honey, I Shrunk the Audience!', passed away on Saturday (25.10.14) after a long battle with breast cancer.

The New York-born star played Julie Kotter in 'Welcome Back, Kotter', a US sitcom that featured a young John Travolta, and she also appeared in six episodes of 'M*A*S*H'.

News of her passing was confirmed by her sister, Julie Strassman, and tributes to the actress have been pouring in from a number of entertainment stars, including Cher and Hollywood director Bob Weide.

Cher, a friend of the actress, tweeted: ''Wanted U2 No,a Funny,Talented Friend Died.Not 4U 2feel sorry 4me, but she died alone, &Energy from U is powerful (sic)''

Weide - who is best known for his work on the HBO comedy 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' - tweeted: ''So sad that a sweet friend, kind person & wonderful actress Marcia Strassman lost her brave battle with cancer today. (sic)''

Strassman was survived by her daughter Elizabeth Collector, as well as her sister Julie and brother Steven Strassman.