What happened to Bishop Eddie Long? After months of recovering from an undisclosed illness, the Atlanta megachurch pastor returned to the pulpit looking scarily thinner than his last public appearance.
Atlanta's own Bishop Eddie Long looks unrecognizable in new photos. Many speculate a serious health issue, he says, "God has healed him". pic.twitter.com/TroiiDD9Lp
— Everything Georgia (@GAFollowers) December 28, 2016
Back in September, Long admitted he was dealing with a “health challenge.” However, he never stated exactly what the illness was. Whatever the illness, it has made the Bishop virtually unrecognizable.
Long returned to New Birth Missionary Baptist Church and photos of his highly-anticipated appearance surfaced online Wednesday (Dec. 28). His emaciated look shocked social media, with some still wondering if the Bishop was battling HIV or even AIDS. (Such diagnoses are still unfounded).
Eddie Long got the monster
— Cherchez La Femme (@FrankieVtotheD) December 28, 2016
WTF wrong with Eddie long? pic.twitter.com/lkpy21sNAj
— ?? (@TweetsbyMont) December 16, 2016
If y'all believe Eddie Long was on a raw vegetable diet, I have some beachfront property in Canada I wanna sell you
— Jerel Butler (@aRELgoodTime) December 28, 2016
Where's Bishop Eddie Long's church located? Because it appears he has a House-In-Virginia or an Apartment-In-Dallas pic.twitter.com/kevtQ1xQpr
— Beige Loaf? (@DamnTiff_Monae) December 28, 2016
Is Eddie Long going to make it into 2017, just asking because that man doesn’t look healthy at all!!!
— Girly (@girly1121) December 29, 2016
Eddie long looks unhealthy
— Britt WithNoIsh (@BeeAnnaNicholle) December 29, 2016
Hey Y'all!!! I'm not even going to say one unkind word about Eddie Long. ? It is what it is. "Karma is Real!" #ThatsAll
— #BrittFit? (@brijh) December 28, 2016
Eddie Long went from looking like the WWE Champion to looking like the General Manager pic.twitter.com/A9ZMT8DA9n
— victor shweet (@yungshon3n) December 28, 2016
Eddie Long out chea with the P-p-p-package
— A Feral Pharaoh (@streitupvicious) December 28, 2016
Bishop Eddie Long has gotten so small that he looks like a snapping turtle
— lady_of_gillum (@Gillintyde1) December 29, 2016
Bishop Long’s weight loss was first noticed months ago, which prompted him to reveal the “health challenge.” He also said the weight loss had nothing to do with his new vegan diet, which stopped him from eating from a “slave menu.”
Questions regarding the pastor’s health were still persistent until early December. Rumors even began circulating that he has been admitted to hospice care. However, his assistant Elder April McLaughlin to the Christian Post he was “doing well.”
“No, not ever in hospice! Currently, not accepting calls but thanks for verifying the rumor.”
As some have noted, is this karma for the bishop’s alleged sexual misconduct towards young men? In 2011, for men accused Long of coercing them into sexual relationships as teenagers. The lawsuits were settled out of court. Details of the settlement and Long’s plea were not disclosed.
Police did not press charges against long as the age of consent in Georgia is 16 and all four boys were 17 or older at the time they claim the sexual misconduct occurred.