Today it is with great sadness I announce that our bishop has transitioned,” Bishop Christopher C. Smith said.

The expectant crowd, many already informed by social media and text messages, wailed and shrieked at the official announcement.

“He’s no longer in pain,” Smith continues. “He’s no longer dealing with the complications that he had to deal with.”

“He’s no longer in pain,” Smith continues. “He’s no longer dealing with the complications that he had to deal with.”

A statement released by the church this morning confirms Long died early Sunday morning after “a gallant private fight with an aggressive form of cancer.”

Ellen Eldridge Ty Tagami Shelia Poole  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 10:07 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017  AJC Homepage
Ellen Eldridge Ty Tagami Shelia Poole The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 10:07 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 AJC Homepage

There had been much speculation about Long’s health after he posted a video last year of him looking extremely thin. He never publicly disclosed the nature of his illness.

Long was absent at several services during recent months but was present during Christmas and New Year’s Eve services.

First Lady Elder Vanessa Long, Bishop Long’s wife of 27 years said she is confident through her belief in God that her husband is now resting in a better place.

“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,” she said.

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matt. 11:28-30

Gorjez Relationship & Fashion Magazine sends their deepest prayer of peace, love and comfort to the Long Family

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