Olivia Newton John calls in exorcist to Florida home

Tuesday September 24, 2013

Grease star Olivia Newton John has had an exorcism performed at her $5.6 million Florida home.

The actress flew in a Catholic priest to conduct the ritual following the death of contractor Christopher Pariseleti at her house last month.

Olivia, 64, her husband John Easterling, 61, and two friends attended the ceremony last week, where prayers were spoken and holy water sprinkled around the house.

Mr Pariseleti, who was the owner of Pariseleti Construction Inc, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He had reportedly been working on the property for several months, and local resident said he was well-liked.

"He's a longtime contractor of Olivia's," neighbour Marilyn Barfield told Celebuzz following the tragedy. "He did the total remodel on the house.

"He was just the nicest person you ever want to meet. I can't believe it."

Olivia and John were trying to sell the home and had reportedly found a buyer in comedian Rosie O'Donnell. She is now said to have pulled out of the deal in the wake of the suicide.

A statement from Olivia's publicist at the time of Mr Pariseleti's death said, "Olivia and her husband John are in shock over the tragic event that occurred at their Floriad home yesterday.

"At this time we are awaiting additional information from investigators, but can confirm that the couple were not in Florida at the time and the deceased was not a family member."

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