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The scene inside New Birth Missionary Church as Eddie Long's funeral nears

Mourners have packed New Birth Missionary Church to say goodbye to Bishop Eddie Long, who died Jan. 15 at 63. He battled cancer but his faith never wavered, friends say.

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Here's a look inside the sanctuary as the New Birth community prepares for the service:

Arrived 2 hours early just to get a seat. Showing my respect to Bishop Long for his service to the Kingdom.

A video posted by G.Harper Ministries, INC. (@gharpermin) on

Bishop Long is loved by many... #RIP

A video posted by G.Harper Ministries, INC. (@gharpermin) on


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