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Bishop Eddie Long has passed away after a battle with cancer. He was 63-years-old. 

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church released a statement this morning (Jan. 15) revealing that senior pastor Eddie L. Long had died.

Part of the statement reads:

New Birth Missionary Baptist Church celebrates the life and legacy of Bishop Eddie L. Long who is now spiritually healed and home with the Lord. Bishop Long, Senior Pastor of New Birth, transitioned from this life early Sunday morning after a gallant private fight with an aggressive form 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. First Lady Elder Vanessa Long, Bishop Long’s wife of 27 years offered the following. “I am confidant through my belief in God that my husband is now resting in a better place. 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.”

In late 2016, Long resurfaced looking gravely ill after a hiatus from the public. Back in September 2016, Long only said he was experiencing a health challenge.

While he was loved by many, controversy followed Long due to multiple accusations of inappropriate sexual relationships with young boys.

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