Bishop Eddie Long’s Death Leaves Church, Family, Fans in Mourning, Others in Doubt

Bishop Eddie Long (Eddie L. Long Facebook)

Bishop Eddie Long is dead at 63 after suffering from an “aggressive form of cancer.” Since news broke of his passing on the morning of Sunday, Jan. 15, many have been in mourning as others have erupted in speculation over his cause of death.

A statement released by New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia, said Long had “a gallant private fight” with an undisclosed type of cancer.

“As a man of God with unyielding faith, Bishop Long maintained his commitment to our Heavenly Father as he proclaimed that cancer would not kill his faith nor his spirit,” the statement said in part.

“Although his transition leaves a void for those of us who loved him dearly, we can celebrate and be happy for him, knowing he’s at peace,” the late church leader’s wife of 27 years, First Lady Elder Vanessa Long, said in the statement.

The church said a homegoing service will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 11 a.m.

Atlanta radio personality Frank Ski spoke to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution about Long’s impact on his congregation.

“The hardest job in the world is to be a church pastor,” Ski said. “Your job every single day is to pray for other people who are hurting. When you are hurting, who prays for you? He affected and motivated so many people. His ability to be a great orator really helped people.”

Long’s daughter, Taylor Long, also mourned her father on Instagram.

“Thank you for being the greatest example of a wonderful father and husband,” she wrote in part. “You kicked cancers a–! Job well done my angel.”

Mourners expressed their gratitude on Twitter.

Facebook also was a place for people to grieve.

I remember New Years Eve Watch Night Service at the Georgia Dome around 1996. My heart was hurting bad. Bishop Eddie…

Posted by Louis Ramel Jones on Sunday, January 15, 2017


You made great impact while you were here.
Good night to a father, a voice, a mentor & a great leader.

Have your rest sir.

Posted by Ab Isong on Sunday, January 15, 2017

Last month, footage surfaced showing the pastor looking much thinner than before, which led social media to speculate what illness Long was suffering from. That same talk resumed after his death.

Some have lashed out at the bishop for his alleged sexual abuse of several teenage boys brought up in a 2010 lawsuit.

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