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Leah Remini's Half-Sister Stephanie, 35, Dies From Cancer


Dec. 31 2013, Published 5:07 p.m. ET

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Former King of Queens star Leah Remini lost her half-sister to cancer on Tuesday, has exclusively learned.

Stephanie Remini, 35, died after battling the disease and the actress' sister, Nicole Remini-Wiskow, confirmed her death on Twitter.

"Today we lost our 35 year old sister to cancer," Nicole wrote in one message, urging people to consider donating to Stand Up To Cancer.

"Now, two of our family members have been taken by this insane disease!"

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According to Leah's other half-sister, Christina Castelluchi, Stephanie underwent brain surgery in 2012 to remove a brain tumor and was later diagnosed with cancer, including "a large mass attached to her left lung" and "cancer in her left hip bone and several more bony growths on her spine."

At the time of publication Leah had not commented on the death publicly.

"Today, you left us. You were such a little nut (in the most humorous of ways)! I know you are charming the pants off of Jesus as we speak. Your contagious smile, your sense of humor and love of God will always be remembered," Nicole wrote on a site that she purchased a star in Stephanie's name on.


"You were a special little person. I love you little sister. I thank God, that the suffering is over. Kisses and Hugs to you ALWAYS."



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