It was heartbreaking to learn of the passing of Real Housewives of Atlanta star Gregg Leakes on September 1, 2021. Gregg fought against colon cancer for five years, with the support of his wife, RHOA alum NeNe Leakes, and his family. He was always a kind and supportive presence on the Bravo show.
Gregg’s family announced the sad news in a statement. “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,” the statement read. “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 spoke about Gregg’s health recently to a crowd at her lounge, Linnethia. “My husband is transitioning to the other side,” she shared. NeNe announced the sad news in June of 2021 that Gregg’s cancer had returned and asked for prayers for her husband.
Now, the Bravo world is coming together to mourn Gregg’s loss. (There is some rough grammar ahead.) Bravo producer and Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen tweeted, “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,” Andy said. “I am sending love and strength to @neneleakes & the entire Leakes family.”
RHOA star Kandi Burruss posted a photo on Instagram of herself, her husband Todd Tucker, and Gregg and NeNe. “My prayers go out to @neneleakes & her family. @greggleakes was an amazing man who always brought love & great energy to any room he walked into,” Kandi wrote. “I’m thankful for the great memories I have of him. Rest in peace Gregg.” Kandi added a heart and praying hands emoji.
Cynthia Bailey took to Twitter to share her thoughts. She posted a photo of herself with Gregg. She wrote, “Heartbroken. So many good times & so many amazing memories. Gregg was always so loving, funny & kind,” Cynthia stated. “So blessed to have had him in my life. Sending my heartfelt condolences to @NeNeLeakes and her family. Thinking of you and my heart and prayers are with you,” she added.
Cynthia also posted a favorite memory of Gregg on her Instagram. She shared a photo of herself, her husband Mike Hill, NeNe, and Gregg. “This is one of my favorite photos of us. It brings back such fond memories. It was @itsmikehill birthday & we invited a few of our friends over for a last minute gathering at Lake Bailey,” Cynthia commented. “Out of nowhere, Gregg asked to pray for Mike and I. For our love & our relationship. He was first person to actually pray for us as a couple.” RHOA viewers often saw examples of Gregg’s strong faith on the show.
“It was so heartfelt and so beautiful. We were all so touched and blown away by his words. I think Mike & I both teared up,” Cynthia remarked. “There was sincerely a ministry inside of him. He truly blessed us that night & we will never forget it. That was one of the many things that Gregg did to bless my life.” Cynthia added, “I will miss him, and will always honor his memory with love.”
Former Atlanta peach Shamari DeVoe expressed her sympathy on Twitter, along with a photo of Gregg and NeNe looking joyful on their wedding day. “‘Death leaves a heartache, no one can heal. Love leaves a memory, no one can steal.’ Sending prayers, condolences, and tremendous amounts of sympathy to @neneleakes and the Leakes family during this tough time,” she said. “Gregg was a good one and I was honored to have known him.”
RHOA star Porsha Williams, who also co-hosts Bravo’s Chat Room, posted on Instagram, “Truly heartbreaking news. Love and prayers for dear Nene & the Leakes family #Speechless We love you Gregg #FuckCancer @greg,” Porsha wrote along with broken heart, praying hands, and crying face emojis.
Marlo Hampton shared her heartbreak over losing Gregg on Instagram. She posted a humorous photo with Gregg and NeNe. Marlo wrote, “My heart is truly broken for @neneleakes my sincere condolences to you, Brent [Leakes] and your entire family. Thank you Gregg for letting me be the 3rd wheel many nights.”
She continued, “I’ll always remember our jokes about “smell me Marlo” (insider) you were the man with the scents! This one is hard. #fcancer Rest In Peace Gregg. Such a good man, always so sweet and kind to me,” Marlo added. “You held your family down like no other.” It always seemed like Gregg had a great sense of humor.
Former peach Sheree Whitfield tweeted, “My heart and prayers are with the Leakes family during their time of loss. Gregg Leakes was a kind and gentle soul and he will truly be missed by many,” she wrote. “May the family find peace and comfort during this difficult time.”
Cynthia’s ex-husband, Peter Thomas, was tight with both Gregg and NeNe. In a video posted on Instagram, he explained that NeNe told him last week about Gregg’s condition. Peter and Phaedra Parks’ ex-husband, Apollo Nida, went to visit Gregg. Peter captioned the video clip, “It’s a sad day today for everyone who have been grace with the present of my friend MR LEAKES, I love you Gregg, R.I.P my friend, you were brave to the end,” he added.
Another former Atlanta peach, Kim Zolciak-Biermann, expressed her condolences to Gregg’s family. In an Instagram post Kim shared, “I’m so sorry for this tragic loss @neneleakes. I am sending you and your entire family lots of love and prayers. Gregg was literally one of kind,” she stated.
“Never waivered amongst the drama. Gregg was ALWAYS kind, considerate, and the calm in any storm.” So many Bravo stars have mentioned Gregg’s calming presence. “He was the peaceful voice of reason and will be greatly missed by so many. His legacy lives on in you and the boys. Until we meet again, may you rest in Paradise, Gregg,” Kim wrote.
Shahs of Sunset star Nema Vand tweeted, “Very sad to hear of the passing of Gregg Leakes. Always felt like he brought a tremendous sense of kindness to Bravo and RHOA. RIP.”
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Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Garcelle Beauvais offered her condolences on Twitter. “I’m so sorry. Gregg was a wonderful man. I always enjoyed being around him,” Garcelle said. Camille Grammer tweeted, “Prayers and our deepest condolences to @NeNeLeakes.”
Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice also offered her sympathy to Gregg’s family. She posted a photo of Gregg and NeNe on Instagram and wrote in the caption, “@neneleakes I’m so sorry for your loss, my heart goes out to you & your entire family. Sending love your way. Rest In Peace Gregg,” Teresa said.
The cast of Real Housewives of Potomac also shared their love and support. Karen Huger tweeted, “My deepest sympathy and condolences to @NeNeLeakes and family.” Wendy Osefo wrote on Twitter, “Sending my deepest condolences and love to @NeNeLeakes and her family.”
Newbie Potomac Housewife Mia Thornton also shared her feelings on Twitter. Mia wrote, “Queen. My heart is with you. #fuckcancer.” RHOP alum Monique Samuels posted on Instagram, “The way my heart just sunk @neneleakes Sis you already know I’m praying, been praying and will continue to pray for you and your family,” she said. “So speechless right now.”
On August 30, 2021, NeNe posted a message on Instagram. It was a picture of the word “BROKEN” on a black background with praying hands and a broken heart emoji. After Gregg’s passing, star Ashley Darby commented, “Beautiful NeNe, I am so so so sorry for your loss. Keeping you in my prayers.”
Former Real Housewives of New York star Jill Zarin wrote, “NeNe, I remember meeting Gregg and thinking you had a Bobby [Zarin] too. I’m so sorry for your loss and grateful for the time you had together,” Jill said. “Too young… too soon… never forgotten. RIP”
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The outpouring of love and support for NeNe and her family is a testament to what a wonderful and kind person Gregg was. He will truly be missed.
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