In 2018, Cheers and Look Who’s Talking actress Kirstie Alley confirmed up in a Church of Scientology publication referred to as Freewinds.

The journal is known as after Scientology’s personal cruise ship, which sails the Caribbean and caters to rich church members who understand it’s the one place the place they will obtain the best stage of “auditing” that Scientology affords: OT VIII.

Short for “Operating Thetan Level Eight,” OT VIII is the head of accomplishment for any Scientologist, and reaching it requires superior programs, interrogations, counseling periods, going “Clear” (or conquering the “reactive thoughts”), and different steps that may add as much as $1 million or extra.

“Now right here I stand a brand new OT VIII shiny, contemporary, and calm…I now absolutely have the confront that places me proper up that rattling confront scale with different Scientology Freedom Fighters!” Alley instructed the journal.

Scientologists are instructed that if they will attain OT VIII, they are going to be “trigger over matter, vitality, area, and time,” which interprets to varied superhuman talents, together with being impervious to illness.

The actuality, nonetheless, is that Scientologists by no means exhibit the superpowers that the controversial faith’s founder L. Ron Hubbard promised when he dreamed up the OT ranges in the Nineteen Sixties, and OTs find yourself being all too mortal.

Yesterday, Kirstie Alley’s son and daughter introduced on social media that their mom had died after a brief battle with most cancers. She was 71.

“She was surrounded by her closest household and fought with nice energy, leaving us with a certainty of her unending pleasure of dwelling and no matter journey lies forward,” they wrote. “As iconic as she was on display, she was an much more superb mom and grandmother.” 

A request for remark about Alley’s profession as a Scientologist didn’t produce a response from Church of Scientology spokeswoman Karin Pouw.

Alley was considered one of Scientology’s most well-known celebrities since becoming a member of in 1979 after she credited its drug rehab program with serving to her kick a cocaine behavior. That 12 months she arrived in Los Angeles and enrolled at a Narconon middle, Scientology’s rehab community. Founded in 1966, Narconon is a cold-turkey program that entails lengthy hours in a sauna and more and more large intakes of nutritional vitamins, however from a excessive of twenty-two facilities in the Nineties, Scientology solely operates 5 of the services in the U.S. right this moment after a collection of lawsuits and highly-publicized affected person deaths.

“I assumed I used to be going to overdose nearly each time,” she instructed Entertainment Tonight in 2012. “I’d snort the coke, then I’d sit there, I’d take my pulse [thinking], ‘I’m dying, I’m dying, I’m dying.’ Who would preserve doing it?”

She credited studying Hubbard’s 1950 ebook Dianetics, which began the Scientology motion, with ending her cocaine dependancy.

“Somehow I received by way of it, and I assumed both [Scientology] is the world’s greatest rip-off, or I assumed that is how I’m going to do away with this hideous compulsion,” she mentioned.

She’s been a vocal proponent of the church ever since, keen to lash out on the group’s detractors.

Alley was married to actor Parker Stevenson from 1983 to 1997, and once they break up he blamed his reluctance to be concerned in Scientology as an element.

“In quite a few conversations with me, Kirstie has threatened to ‘bury me’ in authorized charges, and she or he pursues her risk… Kirstie initially wished us to mediate our property, help and custody points earlier than a revered member of the Church of Scientology. I attended one five-hour assembly on December 28, 1996, and found that neither the mediator, nor Kirstie, had any information of the legislation relating to the problems,” Stevenson mentioned in a divorce affidavit.

In 2013, when actress Leah Remini made her defection public, Alley was instantly important of her, denying Remini’s claims, for instance, that Scientology was infamous for retaliating in opposition to individuals who go away.

“First of all, I simply need everybody to know I’ve a whole bunch of pals who’ve come into Scientology and left Scientology. You should not shunned, you’re not chased. All that stuff’s bullshit,” she instructed radio host Howard Stern. “When you’re generalizing and when your objective is to malign and to say issues about a complete group… while you resolve to make a blanket assertion that Scientology is evil, you’re my enemy.”

She instructed Stern that Remini’s denunciations of Scientology have been “repulsive.”

“I’ve blocked her on Twitter. Because she’s a bigot!” Alley, who was identified to dam whistleblowers and journalists who report on Scientology on Twitter, mentioned.

The two would go on to feud publicly for years. But Remini tells Rolling Stone she takes no pleasure in the information of Alley’s loss of life.

“The information of Kirstie Alley’s passing may be very unhappy,” she says.

Alley is the third high-profile Scientology celeb to die of most cancers in the final couple years, becoming a member of Kelly Preston (July 12, 2020) and Chick Corea (February 9, 2021).

Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard was brazenly important of western medication, and Scientologists are identified for searching for alternate options to plain medical care.

“While it has been reported that Kirstie sought standard most cancers therapy, which gave her a preventing likelihood, nearly all of Scientologists don’t search therapy till it’s too late,” Remini says. “Scientologists are satisfied they will remedy themselves of illnesses like most cancers. It’s one of many extra sinister issues they promise. And as a result of Scientology claims to be an actual science, not a religion, its members are brainwashed into believing these false claims as ensures.” 

Scientology’s personal publications point out that Alley made regular progress by way of the “Bridge to Total Freedom,” the development of more and more costly programs and ranges resulting in Operating Thetan deification.

A church journal reported that in 2014 Alley had gone to the Flag Land Base in Clearwater, Florida, to participate in the “Super Power Rundowns” on the metropolis block-sized edifice generally known as the Flag Building, which church chief David Miscavige had opened the 12 months earlier than.

Also in 2014, Alley’s feud with Remini spilled over into ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. Alley had beforehand been on the present and had shaped a good friendship with dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy. But when Remini was on the present in 2014 and have become pals with Chmerkovskiy, he mentioned that Alley had appeared to chop off ties with him due to it.

“I’m not judging individuals by their faith. I’m Jewish. I don’t actually imagine in science fiction, however no matter,” he remarked on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live!

In 2018, Alley made her journey to the Freewinds to succeed in the highest of the Bridge, OT VIII, and was featured in the ship’s journal.

By then, Remini had already aired two seasons of her A&E documentary collection Scientology and the Aftermath, with a 3rd season coming in 2019.

Then, in February of this 12 months, Remini and Alley clashed once more, this time over the conflict in Ukraine as Alley more and more used her social media accounts to voice MAGA-friendly and anti-vaccination speaking factors. In 2020, she appeared to go full QAnon with tweets like, “WHERE WE GO ONE WE GO ALL – I prefer it,” and “The ‘course of’ EVIL NANCY PELOSI speaks of is an try at a presidential takeover of a President by glorified BAKER ACT .. don’t imagine a phrase that comes out of this witche’s mouth..and sure she offers witches a nasty identify.”

After the Ukraine invasion started, she tweeted, “I don’t know what’s actual or what’s pretend in this conflict. So I received’t be commenting. I’ll pray as an alternative,” after which deleted it.

Chmerkovskiy, who was pinned down in Kyiv on the time, responded at his Instagram account: “Dear Kirstie, we haven’t spoken in some time, however I clearly bear in mind being proper subsequent to you whilst you have been organizing vehicles of assist throughout Hurricane Sandy and I bear in mind all that you simply have been saying to me about conditions the place harmless are struggling. That similar vitality is required proper now. No one wants your prayer in the event you don’t know what’s actual or pretend.”

Remini, in the meantime, identified that she wasn’t positive what Alley was referring to, since Scientologists don’t “pray” to something.

In extra deleted tweets, Alley appeared to hit again at each Chmerkovskiy and Remini, saying that Remini “shoots her mouth off and has an IQ of about 75.”

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Remini says she’s considering right this moment of Alley’s kids, True Stevenson, 30, and Lillie Stevenson, 28, who’re each Scientologists.

“Although Scientologists don’t imagine in prayers, my prayers do exit to her two kids, who at the moment are with out their mother,” she says. “I hope they will, in the future, free themselves of this harmful and poisonous group.”

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