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Donnie McClurkin Loses Father 10 Months After Mother's Passing: ‘This Is A Hard One’ 

(EEW Magazine News) The faith community is sending love and prayers to multiple award-winning gospel recording artist, Donnie McClurkin.

Sadly, approximately 10 months after losing his mother, Frances McClurkin, due to complications from a massive heart attack, the pastor of the Freeport, NY-based Perfecting Faith Church is preparing for the home-going service of his father, Donald Andy McClurkin, Sr.

The 79-year-old family patriarch died in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, Nov. 13, of acute myocardial infarction, a leading cause of death worldwide. Commonly known as a heart attack, AMI occurs when there is a blockage of oxygen‐filled blood flow towards a part of the heart, eventually causing it to become damaged, and die.

McClurkin’s father’s demise came just four days after his minister son's 54th birthday on Nov. 9. 

His late mother was also 79 at her time of death on Jan. 18.

Expressing his grief on Twitter, on Nov. 14, a mourning McClurkin wrote, “This is a hard one,” adding, “I am at a total loss,” while referring to his father as his “best friend.”

According to reports, the death was sudden and unexpected, unlike the McClurkin matriarch’s transition, which the "I Am Amazed" singer said was not a surprise.

“We knew God was going to take her and He did,” said McClurkin in a social cam video. But knowledge of what was to come did not make saying goodbye to the woman he credits with giving him the gift of music any easier. He described himself as being “heartbroken beyond belief” during that time.

Now McClurkin, his siblings, and a host of family and friends, are grieving once again.

The home-going service and celebration of his father’s life is set to take place on Wednesday, November 20 at Greater Allen AME Cathedral of New York in Jamaica, NY. The doors will open at 6:30pm and the service will be held at 7:00pm-9:30pm.

In an official statment The McClurkin family said they "would like to thank everyone for their prayers and words of encouragement during this challenging time."

Cards, condolences and other expressions of sympathy and support may be sent to the family in care of Perfecting Faith Church at 311 N. Main Street, Freeport, NY 11520.

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Reader Comments (8)

Really sad to hear that

November 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie-Ann

Wow how awful. Prayers up for the family

November 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNadiya

Oh man. RIP

November 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDivaFan

Pastor McClurkin I know the pain you are going through. I lost both of my parents 8 months apart. I was caring for my mother and she was like my best friend. It was really hard and my mom went right before Christmas. It makes the holidays bitter sweet. It has been 5 years now and with time it gets easier. I am praying for you and your entire family that God's grace and peace would be with you at this time.

November 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmber

Wow! Prayin for the fam

November 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKK

So sad, praying for his family. Wow, he looks so much like his father.

November 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTomeka

Love You! with the love of Christ, for He truly your keeper. Bless You!

November 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermelissa

That is a sad story.

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