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‘Open the Doors’ of Heaven: Tyrese Gibson Shares That His Mother Has Died From COVID Pneumonia

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Fast and Furious star Tyrese Gibson announced via Instagram on Monday that his mother has passed away from COVID pneumonia. Gibson had previously asked his followers to pray for his mother, Pricilla Murray, as she was put into a medically induced coma.

Gibson’s posts and updates about his mother had resulted in an outpouring of support for the actor and his family, with thousands of people typing out prayers and kind words in the comment section. Kenny G even went on Instagram Live with Gibson and played a song for Gibson’s mother. Gibson explained that she had been a huge fan of his. 

On Monday, which was Valentine’s Day, Gibson shared a video wherein he held his mother’s hand and said, “Rest in peace, Mom.” The caption read, “On behalf of my family and everyone who ever spent any time praying for my mother, this is the saddest moment of my life…My sweet Valentine just passed away.” 

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“May the Lord Jesus Christ and his angels open the doors of heavens and embrace her,” Gibson went on to write. “We as a family are broken and just can’t believe this…May the Lord Jesus Christ honor your walk with him and embrace you into the heavens.”

“From here on I ask that you HOLD MY HAND MOTHER and never let my hand go,” Gibson wrote. “Like you held my hand as a child and a teen, never let my hand go mother.”

In the video, Gibson can be heard telling his mother, “I’m going to hold your hand for the rest of my life, okay? Everywhere I go, I’m going to hold your hand the way you held my hand when I was a kid. Every journey this life takes me to from here on, you’re going to hold my hand, Mom.” 

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As Gibson had been asking for prayer for his mother, he credited her as the reason he is a Christian, telling her in a previous video, “I’m strong because of you. I know Jesus because of you.”

Throughout his mother’s hospitalization, Gibson also championed the power of prayer, particularly when many people rally together. 

“I have a great relationship with Christ, but I just said, ‘You know what? I’m going to have to put this up on my timeline, because prayers from around the world…can change everything.’”

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Dale Chamberlain (M.Div) is the Content Manager for ChurchLeaders.com. He is also a blogger and podcaster who is passionate about helping people tackle ancient truths in everyday settings. He lives in Southern California with his wife Tamara and their two sons.