Donnie McClurkin Breaks Down Following Death Of 13-Year-Old Niece

November 5, 2015  |  

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Death is hard.

When it strikes, you tend to wish that you had the power to stop everything so that you can curl up in a corner and shut the rest of world out. Unfortunately, things don’t work like that—and life moves forward even when you don’t want it to. Obligations and responsibilities don’t disappear simply because you’re hurting, so you try your best to put on a brave face, and you do what you have to do.

Apparently, this was an unfortunate reality for gospel recording artist Pastor Donnie McClurkin, who took the stage last week in Boston for a stop on the Festival of Praise Tour after learning about the passing of his 13-year-old niece, Trinity. While performing “Stand,” Pastor McClurkin broke down crying in front of a stadium full of cheering fans. Thankfully, fellow gospel recording artists like Kim Burrell were around to console him.

“My 13-year-old niece was found dead,” he told the crowd. “I wanted to go home, but God said, ‘You do my job, and I’ll take care of home.’ So this song is more than just a song that you like.”

Several days later, McClurkin took to Facebook to thank his fellow singers for their support and to share footage from the show. His caption reads:

The passing of my 13yr old niece, Trinity, 4days ago…and the pain it’s left her parents and grandparents, aunts uncles, brothers & sister and cousins…left me broken on stage …but theses singers were and are so much more than singers. Kim Burrell, Jessica Reedy, Fred Hammond, Isaac Carree, Zacardi Cortez, Hezekiah Walker–their love helped me minister. It’s all for the glory of God! Keep my family in prayer.

Homegoing service is this Thursday…another death…but God be praised…THROUGH IT ALL, ANDRAE…THROUGH IT ALL!

We send our prayers to Pastor McClurkin and the rest of Trinity’s relatives and loved ones.

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