By Jen Heger – Radar Assistant Managing Editor
Scientologist Alexander Jentzsch — the 27-year-old son of the president of the organization Heber Jentzsch, who hasn’t been seen in public since 2004 — died on July 2 in the San Fernando Valley, allegedly of a high fever, and his mother, Karen de la Carriere, a former church member, tells RadarOnline.com exclusively that she isn’t going to be allowed to see her son’s body, which is at the Los Angeles County Morgue.
Karen de la Carriere — who was formerly married to Alexander’s father Heber — told RadarOnline.com in an extremely emotional telephone interview, “My daughter-in-law, Alexander’s wife, isn’t allowing me to view my own son’s body. My son’s wife, and her parents are Scientologists, and I sent a friend of mine over to their house today with a letter for his wife. Alexander’s mother-in-law answered the door and told my friend, ‘all communication goes through the Office of Special Affairs. There will be no viewing or any funeral services that any of you would be invited to. Get off my property now, or else I’m going to call the police.’ My son had a history of fevers; he would get them at least twice a year. Alexander was never properly diagnosed, and he didn’t have health insurance through the Church. When he got sick, he was ordered to go to Los Angeles County Hospital and be treated there. I can’t believe my beloved son is dead. I called the coroner’s office and was told that Alexander’s wife was the next of kin, therefor, I wouldn’t be allowed to see him. I was told from various friends that he had died of a high fever.”
The grief stricken mother went on to say, “I was informed by friends that my own son had died who have connections with the church that found out. My son’s wife, nor his in-laws, nor did anyone from the church didn’t call me. I’m just at a loss for words. I can’t believe my precious beloved son is dead. I love him so much.”
According to Karen, her son was a Sea Org member of the church for more than ten years, and two years ago when she decided to leave the church, Alexander was forced to sever all communication with her.
“I finally left the church in 2010. One of the reasons I stayed for as long as I did was because I knew that once I decided to leave, I would lose my son, and I was right, I did. After I formally left, he called me, and told me to never call, text, email, or attempt to communicate with him in any way until I got approval from the Office of Special Affairs. He told me he had to disconnect from me. Alexander sounded very odd when he said this to me, and I know that other people were listening to our phone call because I could hear noise in the background. Sadly, that was the last time I ever talked to him. I was hopeful that over time, I would be able to win my son back, and that he would allow me into his life,” de la Carreire said.
According to former church members, the Office of Special Affairs is responsible for “dirty tricks and is the propaganda arm of Scientology Inc.”
Former fellow church member, and close friend of Karen’s, Marty Rathbun told us, “the metaphor of Alexander’s tragic death is that the depths of Scientology Inc.’s disregard for the sanctity of human life and family knows no bounds.”
Karen has been very vocal recently in her support for Katie Holmes decision to divorce Tom Cruise and to file for sole custody of daughter Suri, but didn’t think that had anything to do with Alexander’s death. “How could it have? Alexander didn’t read newspapers, or read the Internet, so no, I don’t think what I have said about Katie Holmes had anything to do with his death. I want to know what happened to my son, and why he is dead at 27 years old. I’m hopeful that the coroner will be able to provide information about that,” Karen said.
Representatives from the Church didn’t immediately respond to comment.