Andy Cohen, executive producer of the “Real Housewives” franchise, responded to the news on Wednesday, September 1, 2021, that former “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star NeNe Leakes’ husband, Gregg Leakes, died of colon cancer.
Leakes, who was 66, was initially diagnosed with stage three colon cancer in 2018 but was declared cancer-free by 2019. However, in June 2021, NeNe Leakes revealed that her husband’s cancer had once again returned.
In a Twitter post on September 1, Andy Cohen put out a statement responding to Leakes’ death. “I am heartbroken over the passing of Gregg Leakes, a wonderful man,” Cohen wrote. “I jokingly called him ‘Pastor Leakes’ but in truth he was a strong voice of reason and commanded great respect among the entire #RHOA team. I am sending love and strength to @neneleakes & the entire Leakes family.”
Leakes family publicist and friend Ernest Dukes gave a statement to Entertainment Tonight and other media stating that Leakes had died “peacefully” in his home surrounded by his family.
“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. “We ask that you pray for peace and strength over their family & allow them to mourn in private during this very very difficult time.”
Another ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ Star & Other Celebrities Showed Support for Leakes & Her Family
In the story, Moore posted a photo of Leakes alongside her husband at a party, as recorded by @queensofbravo. “Praying for Gregg, @neneleakes and their family,” Moore wrote. “Even through all our ups and downs, Gregg never treated me differently- he was always kind and respectful.”
Others shared their support in response to NeNe Leakes’ August 29 Instagram post featuring the word “broken.”
“I am so terribly sorry,” “Real Housewives of New York City” star Bethenny Frankel wrote.
“So saddened by this news. Sending you and your family love, support and prayers,” wrote actor Cynthia Bailey.
Rapper Nicki Minaj commented with simply a black heart. “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Marlo Hampton and “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Garcelle Beauvais both commented with praying hands.
After the announcement of Gregg Leakes’ death, other celebrities shared their condolences on social media. “Loss is a journey no one wants to take,” “Real Housewives of New York City” star Dorinda Medley wrote on Twitter.
Leakes Faced Many Emotional Challenges During Her Husband’s Battle With Cancer
When Leakes’ husband was first diagnosed with cancer in 2018, the star opened up about the difficulties she had faced during the season 11 premiere of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.”
“It’s a very hard role to take care of someone,” Leakes admitted during the premiere, as noted by People at the time. “I feel like if I crumble, then Gregg and Brentt is going to be over. I just feel like I have to be the strong voice.”