Bill Bellamy says he’s “heartbroken” after making the decision to not attend the memorial services for his father, who recently passed away.
According to TMZ, the actor/comedian is going through an incredibly painful period since his father-in-law died on May 17, and then his own dad on June 8. He claims tributes scheduled for his father are “unauthorized.”
While Bellamy was out of the country, his sister Karen made plans to lay their father, William, to rest on June 24, the same weekend Bill and his wife had already planned his father-in-law’s service in a different state, he told the news outlet.
Documents filed in New Jersey reveal that Bellamy actually attempted to get a restraining order which would force his sister to change the date, but it was denied. There actually isn’t a legal standing for a judge to get involved in a family dispute like this.
"In the span of less than a month I lost both my father William Bellamy Senior and my father-in-law Bernard Baker Junior,” Bellamy told TMZ. “These two wonderful men that have impacted my life and my family's lives in ways that are beyond words."
He added: "My effort to stop an unauthorized memorial service for my father, which was planned without my knowledge, was not successful. I am devastated my family has to choose to miss one service for another, no one should ever have to be in this position. My father-in-law's memorial service was confirmed back in May when he passed.”
Additionally, Bellamy says he’s saddened about not having the opportunity to bury his father with his family.
“There are no words to express how disappointed I am to not be a part of laying my father to rest but I look forward to celebrating my father's life and legacy with my wife, his grandchildren and our close friends in our own time,” he noted. “Please pray for our families and give us the time to grieve and process these painful losses in private."