Kennedy made the comments during a recent interview with Eddie Trunk, in which he was discussing the central theme for his upcoming Year of the Tiger solo debut.
"I realized year of the tiger was 1974, which was the year my father passed away when I was a kid," Kennedy said. "My family, at that point, were Christian Scientists. So basically, this woman Mary Baker Eddy started this in the 1800s, and the premise is that you don’t go to doctors. You believe that God is gonna heal you. It's very frustrating even talking about it, frankly."
Kennedy says his father got sick and refused to see a doctor.
"He didn't know it was [appendicitis] because he wouldn't go and see a doctor. But what is interesting is that he got really sick about eight weeks prior. He was in a lot of pain. So there's a theory it might have actually ruptured then. He may have had gangrene actually for quite a while. But mom woke up one morning and he passed away."
He said his father's death led him and some other family members away from the religion.
Year of the Tiger is due out March 9.
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