Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes says she’s in “deep pain” amid tragic news.
Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes has spoken of her pain after the death of her husband.
Gregg Leakes died of colon cancer on Wednesday at the age of 66, reports Page Six. His death came just days after NeNe publicly revealed his health struggles in a heartbreaking admission on a night out.
“Today, the Leakes family is in deep pain with a broken heart. After a long battle with cancer, Gregg Leakes has passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by all of his children, very close loved ones and wife NeNe Leakes,” the couple’s representative said in a press release.
The statement continued: “We ask that you pray for peace and strength over their family and allow them to mourn in private during this very, very difficult time.”
Over the weekend, NeNe, 53, was recorded telling patrons of her Atlanta lounge, The Linnethia, that her husband could possibly be losing his battle with cancer.
In footage obtained by It’s OnSite, Leakes, 53, is seen addressing customers who called her “rude” for not acknowledging a birthday in the crowd, leading the star to share her personal pain.
“My husband is transitioning to the other side,” she told the room before turning to acknowledge those who called her out.
“You don’t know what we’re dealing with right now. We walked in this lounge because we had to walk in this lounge because this is our business. So, when people approach and say, ‘You’re rude because you don’t want to say happy birthday,’ my husband is at home dying. I don’t want to say ‘happy birthday,’ OK?”
The Real Housewives star was flooded with supportive messages from her former co-stars upon hearing the heartbreaking news of her husband’s death.
Gregg was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in 2018, but it went into remission after six months of chemotherapy. But in June, things took a turn for the worse, with NeNe confirming that his cancer had returned.
“I’d love for everybody to pray for Gregg, that would be beautiful. Pray for his strength,” she said at the time, adding, “And pray for me too.”
NeNe and Gregg first married in 1997 but divorced in 2011. They then remarried in 2013. They shared a 22-year-old son, Brentt.
Shortly before his father’s death, Brentt shared an emotional message on Instagram that read, “Spend time with your loved ones every chance you get. Time is so … valuable dog. I can’t express it. I’m learning the hard way watching my dad fight every day. Please go create memories with ya people.”
This article originally appeared in the New York Post and was reproduced here with permission