Leah Remini Mourns Father's Death in Heartbreaking Instagram Post: 'Scientology Took My Dad'
By Myeisha Essex
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Leah Remini is opening up about her father's death. In a new Instagram post, the Scientology and the Aftermath host reveals that she "had no idea" that he passed away a month ago and blames the Church of Scientology for not knowing that he was sick.
"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, George Anthony Remini. We had no idea that he had died a month ago," she shared. "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. 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 went on to say that she had hope to one day have some closure with her father, despite their difficult relationship.
"If you read my book, you’ll know my father and I had a difficult relationship, but I always forgave him with a daughter’s painfully endless love and hope," she wrote. "Regardless of his neglect and abuse, I had hoped to one day have some closure. 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. I am angry at myself for crying for someone who didn’t ever cry for me. I am angry that I still wanted this man’s love, I’m angry that the last chapter in our relationship was dictated by Scientology."
Remini, who left Scientology in 2013, said she and her sisters will never forgive the church for "taking away our last chance to have the one thing we always wanted from our father."
"Scientology 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. I’m angry that Scientology found his personal weak spots and got him on board not with their beliefs but with their smear campaign against me," the 49-year-old actress continued. "That was his last presence in my life. Knowing my father, after taking the offer from Scientology to betray me, he wouldn’t have thought that he could ever come back from that in our relationship. If he thought that, though, he would have been wrong. I would have forgiven him as I always did."
She concluded, "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.”