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.
My heart is heavy, but God is in control. See you in the rapture Bishop Eddie Long. It was my honor to serve New Birth for 12 years.— Byron Cage (@RealByronCage) January 15, 2017
There are MANY reasons to be critical of Eddie Long. But I hope we don't use his death as an occasion to invoke dangerous theology.— Marc Lamont Hill (@marclamonthill) January 15, 2017
I hope Eddie Long found some peace before leaving this world. I hope those hurt by his anti-gay rhetoric do as well.— LZ Granderson (@Locs_n_Laughs) January 15, 2017
R.I.P Bishop Eddie Long https://t.co/8G3YKKq9Yy— Jabari Young (@JabariJYoung) January 15, 2017
May God's comfort & peace cover all who are grieving over the lost of Bishop Eddie Long. Praying for his family. https://t.co/PWxRdSFsbn— A N T H O N Y ONeal. (@AnthonyONeal) January 15, 2017
Eddie Long used dogma to condemn & belittle groups of people. I hope he realized by the end how wrong he was to do so & found peace.— Michael Arceneaux (@youngsinick) January 15, 2017
RIP Bishop Eddie Long. #fb— Ayiesha Woods (@ayieshawoods) January 15, 2017
There's so much we learn about ourselves when we learn to love those who despise us. RIP #EddieLong— Wade Davis II (@Wade_Davis28) January 15, 2017
peace to those mourning Eddie Long. peace to all his victims.— Tracy Clayton (@brokeymcpoverty) January 15, 2017
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