Leah Remini has responded to the news of Kirstie Alley’s death.
After long years of feuding over Scientology, Leah Remini has expressed Kirstie Alley’s death for the first time stating, “very sad.”
“The death news of Kirstie Alley’s is very sad,” the “King of Queens” alum said to Rolling Stone on Tuesday, one day after the “Cheers” star succumbed to death at the age of 71.
It was a “private battle” with cancer, according to TMZ. The family’s statement did not specify the type of cancer Alley was battling, but People Magazine later revealed that Alley had colon cancer.
“Although Scientologists don’t believe in prayers, my thoughts and prayers are with her 2 kids, who are now without their mother,” Remini, 52, said of Alley’s 30-year-old son, William “True,” and 28-year-old daughter, Lillie.
Alley’s cancer was recently discovered.
Alley’s children said on her Twitter page that the cancer was “only recently discovered.” True, and Lillie, her son and daughter, remarked in the statement, “To all our mates, far and extensive around the world….” We regret to inform you that our amazing, fierce, and lovable mother died after a brief battle with cancer.”
“She was accompanied by her nearest and dearest and battled with incredible strength, abandoning us with an assurance of her never-ending beauty of life and whatever adventures lay ahead,” her children added. She was an even better mother and grandmother than on-screen.”
“I hope that one day they will be able to free themselves from this hazardous and harmful organization,” she added.
Alley’s rep confirmed the following day that the “It Takes Two” star had already been detected with colon cancer.
Remini, who speculated whether Scientologist had mentioned alley’s cause of death to the People magazine, did receive treatment for the disease.
While it has been noted that Kirstie sought conventional treatment for cancer, which gave her a chance to fight back,” Remini told Rolling Stone, “most Scientologists do not seek medical treatment until it’s too late.”
“Scientologists believe they can heal themselves of conditions such as cancer,” the “Kevin Can Wait” alum went on.
Remini, in 2013 left the Church of Scientology, has had a long feud with Alley.
For her part, Alley became a church member in 1979. She and Remini frequently clashed in the years following the Emmy winner’s departure.
Remini told Howard Stern in November 2015 that Alley “couldn’t talk” to her if they interacted because she had been “shunned.”
“It’s among the more malevolent promises they make.” since Scientology contends to be a precise science rather than a religion, its members are brainwashed into accepting such false claims as guarantees.”
After getting older in the religion, in 2013, Remini left Scientology.
After a brief struggle with colon cancer, the Cheers actress died on Monday at 71.
After leaving the Church of Scientology in 2013, she became embroiled in a public dispute with The King of Queens actress. From 1979 until her death, Kirstie was a Scientologist.
Leah expressed her sadness over Kirstie’s death in a Rolling Stone interview published on Wednesday.
“The news of Kirstie Alley’s death is very sorrowful,” she stated, “noting that she was pondering about Kirstie’s children, Scientologists William True and Lillie.
“Although Scientologists don’t acknowledge in prayers, my thoughts and prayers are with her 2 kids, who are no longer having their mother,” Leah added. “I hope they will be able to break free from this dangerous and harmful organization one day.”
Leah has written a book, produced a documentary series, and co-hosted a radio program regarding her period with the Church of Scientology.
She revealed in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres that she had “lost many friends” as an outcome of her departing, alluding to how Scientologists allegedly practiced “disconnection,” in which current members were not allowed to speak with former members.
In a December 2013 interview with Howard Stern, Kirstie called Leah a “bigot” for her remarks and insisted that those who leave the faith are not “shunned” by followers.