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According to EEW, in a personal Social Cam message, Pastor Donnie McClurkin opened up about the passing of his mother Frances and shared details of her home going 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.”

According to McClurkin, he will show appreciation for the gift of music Frances McClurkin gave him by ensuring her homegoing service is “full of music.”

The matriarch of the family leaves behind seven children: Marlene, Donnie, Cheryl, Andrea, Tony, Tanya, Rafael, and a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Preceding Frances in her journey are children Olivia and Thomas.

The home going services will take place Friday, January 25 at 7pm at the Greater Allen Cathedral of New York  at 11031 Merrick Boulevard  Jamaica, NY 11433. Rev. Floyd Flake, Sr. is pastor.

Our prayers go out to Pastor Donnie McClurkin and the entire McClurkin family in this time of loss.

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To watch the home going services stream live online, visit

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