Gregg Leakes' death: 'RHOA' star NeNe Leakes' husband suffered from colon cancer

'Gregg Leakes has passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by all of his children, very close loved ones and wife NeNe Leakes,' a statement said


                            Gregg Leakes' death: 'RHOA' star NeNe Leakes' husband suffered from colon cancer
NeNe Leakes and Gregg Leakes share a 22-year-old son, Brentt (Marcus Ingram/Getty Images for BET)

NeNe Leakes’ husband, Gregg Leakes passed away on Wednesday, September 1. He was 66 years old. Reportedly, he died of colon cancer.

"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,” NeNe Leakes and Gregg Leakes' rep said in a press release. The statement further added, "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."

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NeNe Leakes and Greg Leakes (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for MGM National Harbor)

 

NeNe, 53, revealed earlier that Gregg was losing his battle with cancer. She said, "My husband is transitioning to the other side." Gregg Leakes was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in 2018. It went into remission after six months of chemotherapy. But in June, NeNe confirmed 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 got married in 1997 but divorced in 2011. The couple then remarried in 2013. They share a 22-year-old son, Brentt. Shortly before Gregg's death, Brentt shared an emotional message for his father 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.” Gregg is survived by his six children, Daryl, Damian, Dexter, Denton, Katrina and his and NeNe's son, Brentt. He was also a stepdad to NeNe's son, Bryson, whom she had from another relationship.

'Gone too soon'

Fans paid tribute to Gregg Leakes on social media. One fan wrote, "Heartbroken So many good times & so many amazing memories. Gregg was always so loving, funny & kind. So blessed to have had him in my life. Sending my heartfelt condolences to @NeNeLeakes and her family. Thinking of you & my heart and prayers are with you." Another tweeted, "gregg was always a hilarious addition to the #RHOA cast .. gonna miss him" One tweet read, "Rest in peace, Gregg Leakes. Praying for Nene Leakes and the entire Leakes family. #RHOA" Another person wrote, "Not Gregg I hope Nene is able to heal through this. Gone too soon"