Today (Sept. 1), Gregg Leakes, husband to “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” star and entrepreneur NeNe Leakes, has passed away following a three-year battle with colon cancer. Publicist and family friend Ernest Dukes confirmed the news in a statement to press:
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 and allow them to mourn in private during this very very difficult time.”
Gregg and NeNe Leakes first met back in 1996, before marrying a year later. Their first child together, Brentt, entered the world in 1999. Unfortunately, in the midst of NeNe’s eventual rise to stardom, trouble entered the marriage — they then divorced in 2011. Fortunately, the duo once again began working on things before remarrying two years later, all of which was seen by the world via “RHOA.”
It was June of 2018 when Gregg was first diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer. At that time, he posted a heartfelt message on Instagram reaffirming his love for NeNe:
“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 ... I Pray to God to get it together...She’s done NO wrong… this is ALL on me……Cancer WILL change your Life.”
It was then revealed that Gregg was cancer-free the following year. Tragically (and as we now know), his affliction had since returned.
Since the news broke, fans of “RHOA” and the Leakes family sent an outpouring condolences and support on Twitter. You can see some of those tweets below.
One thing about Gregg Leakes is he rode for Nene no matter what! May he Rest In Peace— (@DiaryOfKeysus_) September 1, 2021
I am heartbroken over the passing of Gregg Leakes, a wonderful man. I jokingly called him “Pastor Leakes” but in truth he was a strong voice of reason & commanded great respect among the entire #RHOA team. I am sending love and strength to @neneleakes & the entire Leakes family— Andy Cohen (@Andy) September 1, 2021
Nene and Gregg Leakes ❤️ pic.twitter.com/8niFehviGu— Mimi The Music Blogger (@mdaixo) September 1, 2021
RIP to Gregg Leakes, a forever scene stealer pic.twitter.com/jjZuoRzkXJ— Sam Herbst (@smhrbst) September 1, 2021
Gregg Leakes passed y’all. prayers to his family and may he Rest In Peace. ❤️— Comorienne (@_ShamGod) September 1, 2021
"Gregg Leakes, most notably known for appearing alongside his wife, actress & TV personality NeNe Leakes on 12 seasons of Bravo's The Real Housewives of Atlanta, has passed away at the age of 66," said publicist Ernest Dukes. #RHOA— Joi-Marie (@joimariewrites) September 1, 2021
Devastating news about Gregg Leakes, who died today at the age of 66 after a lengthy battle with cancer.— Dave Quinn (@NineDaves) September 1, 2021
Sending NeNe so many prayers right now.
Rest in power, Gregg. pic.twitter.com/UZQVg3Ep8t
Aw man, Gregg Leakes passed away.— Morgan Jerkins (@MorganJerkins) September 1, 2021
RIP Gregg Leakes Sending love to NeNe and her family ❤️— Gibson Johns (@gibsonoma) September 1, 2021
Gregg Leakes was a ride or die husband and without a doubt one of the best househusbands of all the franchises. This is heartbreaking https://t.co/k3IxcVHniA— Quizás: Phillip (@MajorPhilebrity) September 1, 2021
Gregg Leakes, may you honk they horn on they ass in glory! Rest on Sir.— Your Submission Wasn't Selected (@mrpolished) September 1, 2021
Prayers to the Leakes Family Always Loved me some Nene & Gregg pic.twitter.com/ZetlqmFzZj— I get what I want (@gal_traveling_) September 1, 2021
“I can’t go where my wife can’t be at” I felt that. Always with inspiring words. A true ride or die husband. Powerful and entertaining couple. True love personified between those 2. RIP Mr Leakes. Thank you for years of entertainment. pic.twitter.com/azWld43UFQ— Let em know Gregg, honk a horn on dey ass!! (@xaustinross16) September 1, 2021