Megachurch pastor Bishop Eddie Long, has died at the age of 63 after a battle with an aggressive cancer, according to his Atlanta church New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. Long had been battling health issues for the past few months although he never publicly disclosed what his illness was.
Long had pastored the church, which at its peak had 25,000 members, since 1987, but in 2010 four young men accused the pastor of coercing them into sexual relationships while they were teenagers and members of his congregation, which dropped membership to 10,000.
The lawsuits were eventually settled.
“I am confident 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.”
The pastor delivered his last sermon on New Year’s Eve.