Nene Leakes‘ male, Gregg Leakes, died at the age of 66 after a battle with colon cancer in stage 3.
Days after the former Real housewives in Atlanta cast member revealed to patrons of The Linnethia, her lounge in Duluth Georgia, that her husband lost his life and “passed to the other side”, family friend Ernest Dukes confirmed the news of his death.
“Today, the Leake family is in great pain with a broken heart,” Ernest told Hollywood Life in a Sept. 1 statement. “After a long battle with cancer, Gregg Leake’s death is peaceful in his home surrounded by all his children, very close loved ones and wife Nene Leakes. We ask you to ask for peace and strength over their family and let them mourn privately in this very difficult time. ”
After her performance on Saturday, Nene began her Instagram story where she told her fans and followers that she was “broken”.
As RHOA fans may remember that Gregg was first diagnosed with colon cancer in stage 3 in June 2018. Then, after he was declared cancer-free in May 2019, Nene revealed that his cancer returned in June last year, adding that he would be operated on in hopes of beating the disease for the second time.
It has been a very “difficult” time for their family as Gregg is “different”, Nene said months ago.
“He’s super small,” she shared. “If you’ve ever been with someone who’s had cancer before, he’s different. He’s different … I would love for everyone to pray for Gregg, that would be beautiful. Pray for his strength. And pray for me too. ”
While chatting about Gregg’s health crisis during an interview with PEOPLE in June, Nene admitted that it was “very, very difficult to be a caretaker.”
“People call and they say, ‘How is Gregg?’ and I will throw away the phone and say, ‘How am I? I’m going crazy here, Gregg is getting worn out on me! ‘I’m not good at this s-! She shared.
Nene married Gregg in 1997, before divorcing in 2011, only to be married for the second time in 2013.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Leakes family in this devastating time.