Actress Leah Remini expressed his sadness about the enemy Kirstie’s Alleyshocking death even though they have lived for so long science feud.
The king of queens alum said she was sad because Congratulations passing star earlier this week after a brief battle with cancer.
“The news of Kirstie Alley’s passing is very sad,” said Remini, 52, Rolling Stone magazine in a new interview.
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Remini – a former Scientist – said her thoughts are with Alley’s two adult children, True and Lillie Stevenson, who, like their mother, are members of the Church of Scientology.
Remini said: “Although Scientists do not believe in prayers, my prayers are with her two children, who are currently without a mother. “I hope one day they can free themselves from this dangerous and malicious organization.”
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Remini and Alley had a fractious relationship for years when they confronted Scientology. The Second Act the actress abruptly left the organization in 2013 after more than 30 years with the controversial cult and has since spoken candidly about her experience in the Church and its members, such as Alley.
In a previous interview with Ellen DeGeneres, Remini said she “lost friends” after leaving, claiming that Scientists practice “disconnecting” when members aren’t allowed to talk to those who have left.
Alley outraged the comments and hit back in a 2013 interview with Howard Sternin which she criticizes Remini’s suggestions that former members have been cut off.
“First of all, I just want people to know that I have hundreds of friends and people that I know have joined Scientology and left Scientology,” Alley said at the time. “It’s not true that you can’t [leave] … You are not shunned, you are not hunted. All of that is bullshit–t.”
“The truth is I don’t think I’ve seen Leah in seven or eight years, for no other reason than I’m acting and she’s acting,” she added. “I don’t care if she’s in or out.”
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Alley passed away on Monday shortly after she was diagnosed with cancer – a diagnosis she did not share publicly. Days after her death, her agent revealed Alley had colon cancer.
Alley’s children made this touching statement after her death: “To all our friends, all over the world… We are saddened to inform you that Our extraordinary, intense and loving mother has passed away after a battle with cancer, which was only recently discovered,” they said in the statement.
“She was surrounded by her closest family and fought with great strength, leaving us with the certainty of her endless joy of living and whatever adventures lie ahead. As a screen icon, she was an even more amazing mother and grandmother.”
“We are grateful to the incredible team of doctors and nurses at Moffitt Cancer Center for their care. The passion and passion for life of our mothers, children, grandchildren and many species. Her animals, not to mention her eternal joy of creation, are unparalleled and leave us inspired to live life to the fullest as she did.”
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