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Las Vegas Performer Dies

(Las Vegas, NV)  —  A former singer at the Tropicana hotel’s “Folies Bergere” show has died of bone cancer.  Fifty-nine year-old Michaelina Bellamy, who passed away Friday, had been the show’s principal singer for a decade, and performed on the road with Bob Hope and Engelbert Humperdinck.  In 2007, Bellamy was assaulted by the priest of a local Catholic church where she served as a singer and entertainment director.  The priest, George Chaanine, is serving time in prison.  Funeral services for Bellamy are pending.

  • JeannieGuzman

    May Michaelina rest in God’s peace and love.

  • http://snapjudy.wordpress.com snapjudy

    This is so sad… Michaelina Bellamy’s life was too short. But she was very brave to speaking up and taking action about being assaulted by George Chaanine,

    Hopefully any others, who may have knowledge or may have been harmed by George Chaanine, will have the courage to speak up and report it to police, not the church officials.

    Keep in mind your silence only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others.

    Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511
    (SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims.
    SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 12,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers and increasingly, victims who were assaulted in a wide range of institutional settings like summer camps, athletic programs, Boy Scouts, etc. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)

  • Maria

    She passed away Saturday. Yes, it IS important.

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