New Birth Missionary Baptist Church Pastor Eddie Long Dies from Cancer at Age 63

Atlanta megachurch pastor Eddie Long dies after losing the battle to cancer on Jan. 15, 2017, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church announced. He was 63 years old.

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New Birth Missionary Baptist Church Pastor Eddie Long Dies from Cancer

The news release says he died 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.”

His wife, Vanessa Long, said, “I am confident 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 love him dearly, we can celebrate and be happy for him, knowing he’s at peace.”

You will recall Eddie Long was embroiled in a scandal involving his relationship with several young men who attended his church. He was accused of plying them with money and cars, among other things.

Long eventually settled the case and remained relatively low key in later years. The scandal sent shockwaves through the religious community and led to a huge drop in membership at New Birth. Long was also embroiled in an investment scandal in the late 2000s, involving Ephren Taylor Jr.

Here’s the reaction on Twitter (there will be some mockery):