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New Birth Bishop Eddie Long Dead at 63

Bishop Eddie L. Long has died from what is being described as a “private fight with an aggressive form of cancer,” an announcement from New Birth Missionary Baptist Church states.

He was 63.

“Bishop Long was known as one of the most influential faith leaders in the world,” a release from New Birth Missionary Baptist Church states. “He stood strong as a Kingdom Builder, pioneering leader, and revolutionary mind changer.”

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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