In a personal Social Cam message, Pastor Donnie McClurkin opened up about the passing of his mother Frances and shared details of her homegoing service. “I just wanted to thank you all for the love that you all have shown me and my family,” he said. She was 79 years old.

After suffering a massive coronary heart attack Sunday, January 13 in Bethpage, NY, McClurkin and his family were aware of his mother’s “sickly” and fragile health condition.

“We knew God was going to take her and He did,” said McClurkin. “She passed away Friday night and expired while I was at the Stellar Awards.”

When he received the news, the pastor and recording artist told Twitter followers he was “broken-hearted beyond belief.”

It was the support, love, and strength of friends that pulled him through.

Erica and Tina Campbell, Kirk Franklin, CeCe Winans, and Marvin Winans are all thanked by McClurkin for helping him emotionally cope during an incredibly difficult moment. He also gave special thanks to Anita Baker and Dionne Warwick for reaching out.

“I was able to sing on Saturday at the Stellar Awards with a heavy heart but a lifted spirit and I thank God, because my mother taught me everything I know about music,” he shared. “She gave me the gift of music and she introduced me to Jesus Christ. She was a great preacher and that was a way of celebrating her on Saturday.”

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