Leah Remini says she had no idea her estranged father died: 'Scientology took my dad'

USA Today/September 25, 2019

By Cydney Henderson

Leah Remini is mourning her father's death.

The actress, 49, revealed in a heartbreaking Instagram post Sunday that she "had no idea" her estranged father, George Anthony Remini, died a month ago, and she blamed the Church of Scientology for not informing her.

"On Friday, I received a message from my sister Nicole, who had been contacted by a stranger passing on his condolences for the passing of our father," she captioned a series of family photos. "We weren’t aware that he had been sick leading up to his death. A funeral came and went and none of us knew anything about it. We were not able to say goodbye."

Remini, who left Scientology in 2013, said the organization "took my dad in as a pawn against me and likely robbed him of any last ounce of heart that might have been left in him."  

"The little girls inside of my sisters and me will never forgive Scientology for taking away our last chance to have the one thing we always wanted from our father... And that was for him to say 'I’m sorry and I loved you,'" she wrote.

"The King of Queens" alum described her relationship with her estranged father as "difficult," adding that she wanted closure and a chance to forgive her dad for the past.

"He was not able to redeem himself, to ask for forgiveness for his failures and hurts, to become a better man to those of us who couldn’t help but love him," she continued. "Regardless of his neglect and abuse … I hoped for him to acknowledge who he had been and what he had done to us as his children. That alone would have been healing in its own way. We never got that, yet I can’t help but grieve."

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