Mega preacher Bishop Eddie Long is responding to reports that he is facing a serious health problem. The church released the following statement from Bishop Long:
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. At this time my family and I are requesting that you respect our privacy. I truly appreciate your prayers and support for me, my loved ones and my beloved New Birth Church Family.
Last month, Long released a cell phone video telling his congregation of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church that he is in good health after switching to a diet of raw vegetables and no meat. Instead, it only triggered even more questions about his dramatic weight loss. Check out the clip below.
Over the weekend, reports surfaced that Long was in an Atlanta hospital battling a serious illness. Some described it as “life-threatening” and said he only had months to live. One report stated that the pastor was suffering from an unspecified gastro-intestinal cancer that has already progressed to stage 4. No further information about Long’s condition has been released.