Bill Bellamy is grieving over the loss of both his father and father-in-law, who died within weeks of each other.
TMZ reports that now, the comedian and actor is having to choose which funeral to attend. His father-in-law, Bernard Baker Jr. died on May 17, and Bellamy’s father, William Bellamy Sr. died on June 8.
Bill’s sister, Karen planned their father’s funeral when Bill wasn’t in the country and chose the date of June 24, the same weekend as Bill’s father-in-law’s services. Both funerals are taking place in different states. Bill tried to get a restraining order as a way to make Karen change the date, but it wasn’t granted, with a judge ruling that this is a situation they could get involved in. Still, it’s clear that Bill and his sister are not seeing eye-to-eye.
“In the span of less than a month I lost both my father William Bellamy Senior and my father-in-law Bernard Baker Junior,” Bill told TMZ. “These two wonderful men that have impacted my life and my family’s lives in ways that are beyond words.”
He continued, “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.”
“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. Please pray for our families and give us the time to grieve and process these painful losses in private.”