Report: Bishop Eddie Long Hospitalized With Serious Illness

Report: Bishop Eddie Long Hospitalized With Serious Illness

Rumors are surrounding the controversial pastor.

Published September 7th

Bishop Eddie Long needs your prayers.

According to reports, the controversial pastor, 63, is battling a "grave illness," which some sources claim is cancer. Concerns arose when the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church leader debuted a drastically slimmer physique, which he went on to attribute to a raw vegetable diet. Now, though, many are wondering if something else is the cause.

"Bishop Long has been admitted to an Atlanta hospital this week where he has been since Monday and not yet discharged," Obnoxioustv Blog's William McCray III reported on Friday, citing a church insider close to Long. "The Reliable Source went on to say the doctors have give Bishop Long up and (sic) their is nothing they can do, but try to make him comfortable. Although, Bishop Long is not willing to accept that he is ill and quoting the scripture that life and death lies in the power of the tongue."

Long since released a statement, saying, "I am recovering from a health challenge that I trust God to deliver me from. It is unrelated to the eating for life diet consisting of mostly raw vegetables that I am continuing, as part of a holistic approach to good health."

Hopefully he will make a speedy recovery.

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Written by Evelyn Diaz

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