Bishop Eddie Long, pastor of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, died Sunday (Jan. 15).
In a statement, the church confirmed Long’s death from cancer-related causes.
“I am confident through my belief in God that my husband is now resting in a better place,” said Long’s wife, Vanessa. “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.”
Long, 63, had been battling health issues for several months.
In September 2016, Long released a statement that said he was recovering from a “health challenge” in response to reports that he had been recently hospitalized.
The church released a statement that said Long was not in the hospital, and quoted a statement from Long:
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