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Donnie McClurkin and his loved ones need our prayers as they mourn the twelfth family death in the span of five years, the latest being the passing of his 18-year-old nephew, Donte.

In a somber Facebook video, the glassy-eyed award-winning gospel singer said his teenage relative simply died in his sleep.

“On a day when I was supposed to be out in California spending time with my son on his 18th birthday, as I was preparing to go to the airport, the call came in,” shared the 58-year-old pastor of Perfecting Faith Church in Freeport, NY.

According to McClurkin, Donte simply “didn’t wake up from his sleep” and only lived fourteen minutes away. He noted that it was a “horrible thing” that happened on his son Matthew’s birthday, forcing him to cancel the planned celebratory visit.

“We’ve spent all day dealing with family and dealing with the situation,” he continued, sitting in his car fighting back tears. “So keep us in your prayers.”

via EEWMagazine: