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Closure From The Great Beyond

Chastity Bono says she never got a chance to heal a rift with her father before he died.

Sonny Bono, the entertainer-turned-congressman, was killed in a Jan. 5 ski accident.

Chastity Bono, a former spokeswoman for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, said she and her father had a falling out over his decision to co-sponsor the Defense of Marriage Act, which outlawed gay marriages.

"I took it very personally," she told the Oct. 13 issue of The Advocate. "It put a tremendous amount of distance between us, and then he died before we were able to resolve it."

Bono's half-sister, Christy, urged her father to call Chastity and talk to her about it but he died before he got the chance.

Chastity Bono believes he went to his grave regretting it.

"Medium James Van Praagh did a reading with my mother recently, and one of the things he said to her was that my dad said, 'I wish I listened to Christy. I should have called Chas'," she said.