We have a sad update to announce. Gregg Leakes, husband of Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes, died Wednesday due to colon cancer. He was 66 years old.

Longtime family friend Ernest Dukes released the news of his death.

“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,” Dukes said in a statement. “We ask that you pray for peace and strength over their family & allow them to mourn in private during this very very difficult time.”

Bravo executive Andy Cohen posted his condolences.

“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,” Cohen tweeted.

Fans were shocked when learning that Gregg’s cancer battle was nearing an end when his wife made the announcement to guests at her lounge.

The RHOA original diva recently made an appearance at her establishment, Linnethia’s Lounge, when a birthday guest called her “rude” for not giving them a shout out.

That’s when NeNe addressed the crowd, saying that her husband was “transitioning,” and that she and her son were only there to check on the business, which is something Gregg would have wanted them to do.

Gregg’s diagnosis of colon cancer has been publicized on the show for several years, documenting his highs and lows in battling the disease.

We don’t feel NeNe had to reveal what she was going through in order to justify herself or her mindset to a patron at her night spot. We feel that people should just accept that maybe someone has something on their mind and can’t always provide the attention that others feel they need. We hope this is a lesson to the lounge patron that “everything is not always about you.”

Our prayers are going out to the Leakes family at this time, and we know that God has wrapped Gregg in his loving arms as he carried him home.

We love you Gregg!