Bishop Eddie Long passed away on Sunday, after a private battle with cancer. He was 63 years old. The senior pastor of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church was a controversial figure to say the least — rumors of sexual abuse, tax evasion and homosexuality followed him for years — but was undoubtedly a vital figure in the church community both in Georgia and around the world.
See how celebrities are reacting to the pastor's death, below.
The news of Long's death was first confirmed by gospel singer and New Birth member Byron Cage. Soon after, Twitter was flooded with messages about the news, including many derogatory ones.
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