NENE Leakes is known as an American television personality, actress, presenter, author, and fashion designer who is married to Gregg Leakes.
On Wednesday, September 1, it was announced Gregg Leakes passed away at the age of 66.
What was Gregg’s cause of death?
On Wednesday, September 1, longtime family friend Ernest Dukes announced Gregg had passed away after his battle with colon cancer. He was 66.
Dukes said Gregg “passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by all 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,” the statement continued.
Gregg’s death comes just days after OnSite obtained video where NeNe, 53, was heard addressing a crowd about her husband’s health after many called her “rude” for not not acknowledge a birthday in a crowd at her Atlanta lounge, The Linnethia.
“My husband is transitioning to the other side,” she said. “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?”
Back in 2018, Gregg was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer and despite going into remission after treatment, in June 2021, NeNe revealed that his cancer had returned and the recent video indicates that he has taken a turn for the worse.
“He’s been in the hospital for a week, tomorrow,” NeNe told The Jasmine Brand during an Instagram Live back in June.”I’m sure he’ll be home in about a week or so. He had to have a surgery.”
Many RHOA fans saw Gregg’s cancer battle throughout the show’s 11th season along with the toll it took on their relationship, almost leading to a second divorce.
Who was Gregg Leakes?
Outside of being known as NeNe’s husband, Gregg was an American real estate investor and reality television personality.
With over 20 years of experience in the Atlanta, Georgia area, Gregg was able to accumulate an estimated net worth of $4 million.
Along with being a husband, Gregg is also a father to six children, Denton, Dexter, Katrina, Daryl, Damian and Brentt.
While Gregg and NeNe have been married on and off since 1997, the couple only have one child together, Brentt, while his other children are from previous relationships.
How long have NeNe and Gregg been married?
Throughout their relationship, Gregg and NeNe have been married twice.
The couple first tied the knot in 1997 but after 24 years together, they decided to part ways in 2011.
Following their divorce, the couple patched things up and remarried in June 2013.
Despite rekindling their relationship, the couple almost divorced a second time following his cancer diagnosis after NeNe revealed that she felt mistreated while taking care of Gregg, calling him “grouchy,” and “mean.”
After NeNe opened up, Gregg took to Instagram to publicly apologize to his wife.
Back in 2019, Gregg said: “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.”