In a statement, the church confirmed that Bishop Eddie Long, pastor of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, died Sunday morning.
The megachurch pastor had been battling an “aggressive form of cancer,” according to a statement issued by the Atlanta-area New Birth Missionary Baptist Church.
“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,” the statement read. “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.”
In a statement, the church confirmed Long’s death from cancer-related causes at the age of 63. “I am confidant 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.”