Actor and singer Tyrese Gibson is mourning the loss of his mother Priscilla Murray Gibson, who died after being hospitalized with COVID-19 and pneumonia. It was just last week that the Fast & Furious actor rushed offset to be with his mom and asked for prayers.
On Valentine’s Day, Gibson announced his mother’s death with a video posted to Instagram. In the clip, he strokes her hand while saying: “Rest in peace, Mom. You fought, Mom, you fought.”
He also tells her that he’ll hold her hand for the rest of his life.
“On behalf of my family and everyone who ever spent any time praying for my mother, this is the saddest moment of my life,” he began his caption on the social media site. “My sweet Valentine just passed away… May the Lord Jesus Christ and his angels open the doors of heavens and embrace her.”
Later in the post, Gibson stated that he and his family are “broken” before pleading for her to continue holding his hand from afar.
He wrote: “From here on I ask that you HOLD MY HAND MOTHER and never let my hand go… Like you held my hand as a child and a teen never let my hand go mother.”
Even though he and his Fast and The Furious co-star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson had a difference of opinions and had public fueds before, The Rock put those differences aside and lent his support. He commented: “So so sorry about this brother. She was so proud of all you are and have become. Deepest condolences & love sent your way to you and your family.”
Tyrese’s announcement also hit home with his Baby Boy co-star, Snoop Dogg, who lost his mother in October.
“Stay strong I’ll come c u this week if u like to pray with u and hug u🌹🙏🏾💖,” Snoop commented.
In a follow up post, Gibson gave thanks to legendary jazz artist Kenny G, who played “Forever in Love” during an Instagram Live for Gibson and his mom while in the hospital.
“Dear @kennyg I will never ever forget what you did for our
beloved mother you sent her into the heavens with the perfect melody…” he wrote.
“I am going to watch this clip over and over and remember that you sent her into the heavens on the sweetest Melodies….”
In the United States, common causes of viral pneumonia are influenza (the flu) and SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
As with all COVID-19 research, studies into the connection between pneumonia and COVID-19 are ongoing.
Many studies into disease have investigated preexisting health conditions that could increase the risk of infection from coronavirus. Many of these studies use health information of people who had COVID-19 to help us better understand what might put us at greater risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19.
One 2021 study found that people with a history of pneumonia have an increased risk of death from COVID-19, and this risk is greatest among people ages 65–85.
It’s important to note, however, that people who have had a single case of pneumonia in the past are less likely than people with chronic lung diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), to die after coming down with COVID-19.
Thousands of fans continue to post on social media in support of Tyrese and his family. We pray for support and love during this time.