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NeNe Leakes' husband Gregg Leakes has lost his long battle with stage 3 colon cancer. He was 66.

Gregg Leakes is most notably known for appearing alongside his wife on 12 seasons of Bravo's The Real Housewives of Atlanta.

The family issued a statement via publicist and family friend Ernest Dukes:

"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. We ask that you pray for peace and strength over their family & allow them to mourn in private during this very very difficult time."

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The couple's 22-year-old son, Brentt, posted a message on his Instagram Story, encouraging others to spend quality time with loved ones.

"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."

NeNe, 53, revealed in June that Gregg - who was first diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in 2018 - was battling the disease again after going into remission.
 
READ ALSO: NeNe Leakes’ husband home from hospital following stage 3 colon cancer treatment
 
Colon cancer disproportionately affects Black people who are 40% more likely to die from it.

Last month, the TV personality canceled a planned gig hosting "The Talk." She explained she'd received happy news that Gregg was being discharged from the hospital after undergoing a surgical procedure.

"I was suppose to be hosting The Talk today. But I got good news that Gregg was coming home after being hospitalized 6 weeks."

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NeNe Leakes revealed her husband Gregg Leakes is "transitioning to the other side" in his battle with cancer.

The former Real Housewives of Atlanta star clapped back at a customer who called her "rude" at her Linnethia lounge in Duluth.

NeNe, real name Linnethia Monique Leakes, was upset after a customer called her "rude" for not wishing her a happy birthday.

In the video footage obtained by Instagram blog OnSite, NeNe can be heard wishing the patron a "happy birthday" before saying she didn't realize she would grab the mic that night.

"I want to be at peace. If you see me, you see my son, Okay, give us a lot of love. My husband is transitioning to the other side. 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,' okay?"

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NeNe, 53, revealed in June that Gregg - who was first diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in 2018 - was battling the disease again after going into remission.
 
READ ALSO: NeNe Leakes’ husband home from hospital following stage 3 colon cancer treatment
 
Colon cancer disproportionately affects Black people who are 40% more likely to die from it.

Last month, the TV personality canceled a planned gig hosting "The Talk." She explained she'd received happy news that Gregg was being discharged from the hospital after undergoing a surgical procedure.

"I was suppose to be hosting The Talk today. But I got good news that Gregg was coming home after being hospitalized 6 weeks."

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NeNe admitted she is going through a "difficult" time, and her 67-year-old husband is "different".

She described a condition called cachexia (wasting syndrome) which means a patient loses fat and muscle mass due to atrophy after being bedridden. Unlike normal weight loss, cachexia is not reversible.

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Speaking in a recent Instagram Live, she said:

"He's super small. If you've ever been around somebody who's had cancer before, he's different. He's different.

"I'd love for everybody to pray for Gregg, that would be beautiful. Pray for his strength. And pray for me, too."

The couple married in 1997 but divorced in 2011. They remarried in a televised wedding in 2013.
 

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NeNe Leakes' husband, Gregg Leakes is home from the hospital after undergoing chemotherapy treatment for stage 3 colon cancer last month.

The former "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star revealed in June that her beloved spouse Gregg Leakes - who was first diagnosed with colon cancer in 2018 - was battling cancer again.

On Thursday, NeNe pulled out of a planned appearance hosting "The Talk" after receiving the happy news that her life partner was being discharged from the hospital near Atlanta.
 
READ ALSO: Wendy Williams believes NeNe Leakes will beg for her job back

Asked why she hadn't been on the show as planned, NeNe replied:

"I was suppose to be hosting The Talk today. But I got good news that Gregg was coming home after being hospitalized 6 weeks."

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She explained he'd undergone a similar surgical procedure in the past and spent just over two weeks as an inpatient.

She said at the time:

"He's in the hospital. He's been in the hospital, tomorrow it'll be a week.

"I'm sure he'll be home in about a week or so. He had to have a surgery, (because) his cancer did return. He's had this surgery before and he was in the hospital for about 15 days."

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The 53-year-old reality star admitted it is a "difficult" time for her, and her 66-year-old husband is battling a debilitating wasting syndrome called cachexia.

Cachexia is characterized by significant muscle loss, weight loss, fatigue, nausea, poor appetite, and decreased quality of life.

Weight loss and muscle loss caused by cachexia can not be regained.

Speaking in an Instagram Live with The Jasmine Brand, NeNe said:

"He's super small. If you've ever been around somebody who's had cancer before, he's different. He's different.

"I'd love for everybody to pray for Gregg, that would be beautiful. Pray for his strength. And pray for me, too."

The couple married in 1997 but divorced in 2011, only to get back together and re-marry in 2013.

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NeNe Leakes' husband Gregg Leakes was recently admitted to a local hospital when his colon cancer returned after going into remission.

The former 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' star revealed her husband's colon cancer diagnosis in 2018.

Gregg underwent surgery and chemotherapy and was in remission - until his cancer recurred recently.

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"He's in the hospital. He's been in the hospital, tomorrow it'll be a week," she said in an Instagram Live with blogger Jasmine Brand.

"I'm sure he'll be home in about a week or so. He had to have a surgery, his cancer did return. He's had this surgery before and he was in the hospital for about 15 days."

The 53-year-old reality star admitted it is a "difficult" time for her, and her 66-year-old husband is battling a debilitating wasting syndrome called cachexia.

Cachexia is significant muscle loss, weight loss, fatigue, nausea, poor appetite, and decreased quality of life.

"He's super small. If you've ever been around somebody who's had cancer before, he's different. He's different. I'd love for everybody to pray for Gregg, that would be beautiful. Pray for his strength. And pray for me, too."

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In May 2019, NeNe took to Instagram to share a picture of Gregg holding a sign which read: "No cancer found! Praise God..."

She added the caption:

"Look at God! We are over joyed to say, we saw the doctors for the results of Gregg's Pet Scan he took last week! Test show, wait for It... WE ARE CANCER FREE!!! [sic]"

The couple married in 1997 but divorced in 2011. They remarried in 2013 in a ceremony that was filmed for reality TV.

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In January 2019, Gregg apologized to NeNe for giving her a hard time amid his cancer battle.

"We always hurt the ones we Love, because they allow us to hurt them rather than snap back. I'm tired of hurting my wife who is only trying to take good care of me and wants only the best for me too. She deserves much more for her hard efforts and tireless hours spent on me. I Pray to God to get it together.. She's done NO wrong... this is ALL on me...... Cancer WILL change your Life... [sic]"

An exhausted NeNe wanted to hire a home health nurse to care for her husband, but he refused.

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Clarence Williams III, the American actor who played Linc Hayes in the television series The Mod Squad, has lost his battle with colon cancer.

The 81-year-old actor passed away in Los Angeles on Friday, June 4, his managers have confirmed.

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Williams starred in the ABC crime drama, alongside Peggy Lipton and Michael Cole, from September 24, 1968, to March 1, 1973.

He also played pop icon Prince's father in the 1984 musical cult film Purple Rain; as well as roles in Tales from the Hood, Half Baked, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Reindeer Games.

Williams III began his career on Broadway in the 1960s, winning a Tony Award for his role in Broadway play Slow Dance on the Killing Ground, before landing his breakout role in crime drama series The Mod Squad.

In addition to playing Prince's father in Purple Rain, He went on to play Wesley Snipes' dad in Sugar Hill, and joined Dave Chappelle in stoner comedy Half Baked.

His other credits included Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Twin Peaks, The Littlest Hobo, The Cosby Show, Hill Street Blues, Miami Vice, The Highwayman, Walker, Texas Ranger, and Tales from the Crypt.

Williams married actress Gloria Foster in 1967. She appeared in 2 episodes of The Mod Squad. They also starred together in a movie, The Cool World, in 1964.

They divorced in 1984 and Williams announced her death in 2001. He did not marry again and he had no children.

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Natalie Desselle-Reid, who starred in films including B*A*P*S, and the UPN TV series, Eve, has died from colon cancer. She was 53.

Reid was diagnosed with colon cancer earlier this year. She died in hospice care, surrounded by family, according to TMZ.

Her death was confirmed by actress Holly Robinson Peete, who announced that Reid died Monday morning from colon cancer. No further details were given.

"Just absolutely decimated by this news... Actress Natalie Desselle, a bright shining star passed away this morning," Holly Robinson Peete wrote on Twitter. "I got to know her when my mom was managing her. She will be so missed... sending out prayers to her children and husband. Rest In Peace, Sweet Girl."

Desselle-Reid was born in Alexandria, Louisiana. She starred in many films, including Madea's Big Happy Family, and guest starred in Family Matters. She is best known for her role as Mickey in B*A*P*S with Halle Berry.

She also had a bit role as Tanika in the all-female bank heist film Set It Off (1996).

Desselle-Reid is survived by her husband, Leonard, and three children.

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Lupita Nyong'o paid tribute to actor Chadwick Boseman days after she and fellow 'Black Panther' co-stars attended his memorial.

Boseman, 43, died of stage 4 colon cancer late last month.

He received cancer treatment while filming Black Panther. Boseman's mother said he concealed his cancer diagnosis from friends and fans because he didn't want anyone fussing over him.

Nyong'o, 37, said Boseman's passing has been a "gut punch every morning."

The '12 Years a Slave' Oscar winner said Boseman's "immortal energy" will never die.

"I am aware that we are all mortal, but you come across some people in life that possess an immortal energy, that seem like they have existed before, that are exactly where they are supposed to always be—here! That seem ageless," she wrote on social media. "Chadwick was one of those people."

Nyong'o said Boseman had a "profound effect" on her and his "higher frequency" resonated on the set of the Marvel film.

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"I remember being struck by his quiet, powerful presence. He had no airs about him, but there was a higher frequency that he seemed to operate from."

She concluded by asking others not to waste time and to cherish every moment on earth.

"Chadwick's death is something that I can neither take in nor take in my stride right now," she wrote. “Perhaps with time. I'm going to take my time and in his honor, I promise not to waste my time. I hope you will do the same."

Early warning signs of colon cancer include:

  • Changes in bowel habits
  • Constipation
  • Feeling of incomplete bowel movement
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Low-grade fever (under 101.5)
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Blood in stool
  • Pencil thin stools
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    Chadwick Boseman has passed away following a 4-year battle with cancer, his team announced on social media.

    Boseman, 43, died at his home surrounding by family, PEOPLE reports.

    "It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman," the Instagram post read. "Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV."

    "A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy."

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    The actor was best known for his portrayal of a Black superhero in Marvel Studio's Black Panther (2018).

    Boseman is also known for his portrayals of real-life historical figures such as Jackie Robinson in "42", James Brown in "Get on Up" and Thurgood Marshall in "Marshall."

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    Boseman was last seen in public entering a hospital in Santa Monica, Calif. in July. He was accompanied by his fiancée, Taylor Simone.

    He was hospitalized weeks after fans expressed concern over his skeletal appearance. His drastic weight loss was explained away as weight loss for a movie role.

    In 2018, Boseman became emotional when discussing his visit with two young fans who died of cancer before Black Panther was released.

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    "Throughout our filming, I was communicating with them, knowing they were both terminal. What they and their parents said to me was, they were trying to hold on 'til this movie comes," he said during an EW SiriusXM Town Hall.

    "To a certain degree it's a humbling experience because you're like, this can't mean that much to them," he said. "But seeing how the world has taken this on, I realize they anticipated something great. Thinking back now to when I was a kid, waiting for Christmas to come, waiting for my birthday to come, waiting for a toy I was gonna get a chance to experience, or a video game, I did live life waiting for those moments. It put me back in the mind of being a kid and feeling those two boys' anticipation of this movie."