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EXCLUSIVE: Gospel Singer Donnie McClurkin Reveals Throat Cancer

EEW Magazine sources confirm Donnie McClurkin announced doctors discovered cancerous scar tissue in his throat Sunday, September 2014 (Credit: GETTY) Share (EEW Magazine) The man with the golden voice, three-time Grammy® and ten-time Stellar Award winner Donnie McClurkin, 54, revealed a serious health battle on Sunday, September 14 at the Potter’s House in Dallas.

“Just a couple weeks ago, I had to have vocal surgery and they found that the scar tissue was cancerous,” said the singer, according to EEW Magazine sources.

Sounding weak-voiced and raspy, the “Stand” singer shared the shocking news during a promotional stop at Bishop TD Jakes’ 30,000-member mega church alongside Fred Hammond.

The veteran gospel singers kick off their 31-city “Festival of Praise” tour beginning September 17 in Houston.

This is not the first time McClurkin has sustained injury to his vocal chords. In 2013, he shared a troubling medical report with the public after a cyst on his left vocal chord ruptured, leaving his voice strained and sounding hoarse.

Fred Hammond will co-headline the "Festival of Praise" Tour with Donnie McClurkin (Credit: GETTY)

For more than a year, the pastor and syndicated radio host has dealt with a series of struggles and losses.

“I lost both of my parents within 10 months of each other and then my grandmother, 2 weeks after my father passed, lay in the floor in my house with a stroke at 94 years old,” he told the congregation.

Donnie McClurkin poses with his parents Frances and Donald McClurkin, Sr. (Credit: Yolanda Adams Morning Show)

Donald Andy McClurkin, Sr. died November 13, 2013 at the age of 79. His mother, Frances McClurkin, transitioned January 18, 2014. She was also 79.

Prior to mentioning their death to congregants, the vocalist vowed to do his best to talk about them "without crying."

He succeeded.

Now, with the removal of cancerous tissue from his throat, McClurkin is hoping to further succeed at churning out hits during a strenuous tour, though he said of the surgery, “It’s left me a little limited to go on tour.”

Despite the setback, McClurkin told the rapt congregation that he is maintaining his faith. “But I believe,” he declared. “I guess I could stop with that. I believe.”

He added, “I trust in God. I put my total confidence in God.”

Co-headliner Hammond, who is recovering from his own double knee replacement surgery performed in January remarked, “Ain’t this a combination, getting ready to hit the road? I can’t walk and he can’t talk.”

The “No Weapon” singer, who is now mobile without the use of a cane said, “But somehow we serve a God of the broken. We serve a God who’s really good with fragments.”

The two friends exited the platform holding onto each other.

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Praying for Pastor McClurkin! God is a healer.

September 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEbony

Wow praying!

September 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterElisha

Lord I pray that you will heal Pastor Donnie completely. HE is your manservant doing a great work for you. Heal him from the tops of his head to the soles of his feet. In JESUS MIGHTY NAME!!! AMEN

September 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAlexandria

OMG! Praying for him

September 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLeah


September 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMINNIE JACKSON

Praying for complete healing, for both gentlemen. God is able!

September 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTomeka

Pastor...Author....Gospel of mostly every award..etc.etc..I honor your transperency and your amazing giving spirit....Donnie you have my utmost resoect and I well as most of the world will be prayung for His Gliry to handle this fight you have..His will His way..all ways..He win!safe in His arms

September 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTerri

Praying for you pastor. I know or I believe that God has already healed a throat that he has used to bless so many of his wounded children. Thank you for your Music and Keep Standing.

September 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDStallworth

You are in my earnest prayers, Bro. Donnie! I enjoy your hosting and ministry skills on the TBN Praise the Lord program. I'm looking forward to seeing you there again, in Jesus' name. Amen and amen (James 5:16b).

September 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJesus is the REAL!

Our fervent prayers for Pastor Donnie & FAMILY that GOD would carry THEM during this time of grief and GOD will NOT allow him to leave us as he has been so honest and transparent about his experiences, failures and triumphs. Many of us admire his honesty and heart to help others be delivered and saved. DEAR FATHER, HEAL PASTOR DONNIE. THE BODY OF CHRIST NEEDS HIM DESPERATELY TO CONTINUE MINISTERING AND HELPING MANY TO TURN TO CHRIST. As Pastor Donnie said, 'Those who are hurting and want change.... need to know that JESUS delivers and saves from any addiction or stronghold'. Pastor Donnie has boldly shared his testimony and only satan is angry. WE BELIEVE YOU GOD for another miracle in his life. IN JESUS NAME!!!! A clarion call for all believers pray for Pastor Donnie and his family.

September 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLuisa

Pastor McClurkim, I refuse to ask God to do something that was part of our redemption 2000 years ago, but I do thank God that you are already healed and I praise Him for you and your weapon formed against you shall prosper. I decree this and declare its done in Jesus name.

October 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDebra Wallace

God is a great heal. He is our creator, HE know how to fix every part. Heal your servant o Lord.

November 9, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterchike

I simply TRUST GOD AS WELL. I have grown to love DONNIE McClurkin music and his testimony. I am praying for a full recovery so that we can give GOD some MORE GLORY. GOD BLESS YOU CLURKIN.

December 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterValerie Howard

I simply TRUST GOD AS WELL. I have grown to love DONNIE McClurkin music and his testimony. I am praying for a full recovery so that we can give GOD some MORE GLORY. GOD BLESS YOU CLURKIN.

December 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterValerie Howard

God has healed you , nothing can stop the will of God, we release the fire of our Father God Almighy to destroy all cancer cells , abnormal cells into ur throat we destroy u cancer and we say u are dismissed from your assignment of the enemy !!! No weapon formed against my brother Donnie Mcclurkin shall prosper in the name of Jesus , we declare and decree from the heavenlies, u r whole healed and flourishing my precious beloved brother . I love you and I appreciate you . Hurry and come back to bethesda Bishop mike and Joyce . Higher Ground Hallelujah , peace unto u . P.S. We uproot all negative speaking and actions against this mighty Son of God . Peace unto to u my brother

Good to hear that you are healed man of God. You will never be sick again in your life, in Jesus name. The spirit of him that raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you and that same spirit gives life to your body. In jesus name Amen.

February 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLinda musandu

Pastor Donnie Mc Clurkin, I believe that our Lord's suffering was not in vain, by His stripes you are Healed. The devil is a fearful liar. The work that you've been called to do is shaking the devil and disorganizing his plans. He therefore attacks those who carry out the will of the Lord. Hold on to the Lords promises, do not be moved. You've blessed millions of people like me. We are not the same through the messages in your music. God bless you my brother. We love you so very much.

March 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNomhle Chimusoro

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