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Bishop Eddie Long has released an official statement about his new frail appearance and rumors that he has a “grave illness.”

Bishop Eddie Long popped up in the news some weeks ago when video of him emerged donning a new figure. One that was half the size that he’s been for much of his time in the spotlight. He said that the drastic weight loss was from his giving up what he called a “slave menu” in favor of raw vegetables.

But then earlier this week, reports began to surface that Long‘s sudden weight loss was actually from him having a “grave illness.”

Long has issued an official statement to fight those rumors, saying that he is not on his deathbed, but rather fighting through a “health challenge.”

In a letter posted to social media, Long writes:

“I am recovering from a health challenge that I trust God to deliver me from. It is unrelated to the eating for life diet consisting mostly of raw vegetables that I am continuing, as a part of a holistic approach to good health. At this time my family and I are requesting that you respect our privacy. I truly appreciate your prayers and support for me, my loved ones and my beloved New Birth Church Family.”

Twitter is currently naming the “health challenge” karma.

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