Bishop Eddie L. Long Dead at 63

Bishop Eddie L. Long has died.

He was 63.

Long, who served as senior pastor at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia, reportedly passed away from cancer.

“As a man of God and unyielding faith, Bishop Long maintained his commitment to our Heavenly Father as he proclaimed that cancer would not kill his faith or his spirit,” an announcement released by the church said.

Bishop Long is survived by his wife of 27 years, First Lady Elder Vanessa Long, four children: Eric, Edward, Jared and Taylor and three grandchildren.

“I am confidant through my belief in God that my husband is now resting in a better place,”First Lady Edler Long said. “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.”

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