Unfortunate news to share this morning as Bishop Eddie Long has been reported dead. He was 63-years-old.
Bishop Long served as senior pastor of Georgia’s New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. He’d recently been recovering from a private fight with an “aggressive form of cancer,” according to a statement released by his church.
“I am confident through my belief in God that my husband is now resting in a better place,” his wife and First Lady Vanessa Long said. “Although, his transition leaves a voice for those of us who loved his dearly, we can celebrate and be happy for him, knowing he’s at peace.”
The gospel music industry shares its condolences:
My heart is heavy, but God is in control. See you in the rapture Bishop Eddie Long. It was my honor to serve New Birth for 12 years.
— Byron Cage (@RealByronCage) January 15, 2017
Just received word that Bishop Eddie Long died this morning. Our prayers go up for his family, and Church.
— John R. Bryant (@Bishopjohn4th) January 15, 2017
Shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Bishop Eddie Long. Had the opportunity to sing at… https://t.co/nYUio52ssm
— TED WINN (@officialtedwinn) January 15, 2017
Wow! I truly loved to hear you preach! I'll never forget meeting you and singing at your church.… https://t.co/FmKnUk5uuw
— Jojo Martin (@Jojosvoice) January 15, 2017
Bishop Eddie Long leaves behind his wife; four children Eric, Edward, Jared and Taylor; and three grandchildren. Our prayers are with his church, family and friends.