Gregg Leakes, the husband of former “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star NeNe Leakes, has died from colon cancer at the age of 66.

Publicist and longtime family friend Ernest Dukes confirmed in a statement on Wednesday that Gregg died peacefully in his home while surrounded by his family. Said 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.”

NeNe just recently shared a somber update on Gregg’s health over the weekend in a video circulating on social media, telling patrons of The Linnethia Lounge in Duluth, Georgia, “My husband is transitioning to the other side.” The following day, she also shared an image of the word “Broken” on Instagram with the prayer and heartbroken emojis. Gregg was diagnosed with Stage III colon cancer in 2018, and had been in remission for two years. In June, NeNe revealed he was hospitalized and recovering from surgery following the return of his cancer.

The couple, who wed in 1997, divorced in 2011 before remarrying in June 2013. They share one son together, Brentt Leakes, 22.

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