“He Was Truly The Strength Of Our Family”: Erica Campbell Of Mary Mary Opens Up About The Loss Of Her Father

June 28, 2013  |  

We told you yesterday that the sisters of Mary Mary, Erica and Tina Campbell, lost their father Eddie Atkins, Jr. to cancer on Tuesday in Los Angeles. While they initially thanked their supporters and fans for their well-wishes and support, Erica Campbell opened up to Essence recently about how they’re dealing with such a huge loss. She says that while they’re definitely hurting, the memories they have of their father are keeping them strong:

“It’s really hard to deal with losing my dad. He was truly the strength of our family. And even though him and my mom were not together anymore…they stood hand-and-hand and they stood side-by-side to support their children.

He had a lot of health issues my entire life. No matter what he went through, he was a fighter. That’s what I learned. He was super hilarious and super sarcastic. He never let life take him too low. He had his low moments, but he never let life take him too low. That’s what we learned. We learned to cope with the challenges and keep it moving—that’s why we keep singing, why we keep ministering, why we keep talking to people.

Even though my dad is gone, I have so much to hold on to. That gives me comfort. He didn’t leave here without knowing his daughters loved him. He didn’t leave here not knowing that we cared and that we cherished him.”

We send our condolences to the sisters for their loss and hope that they can find peace during this troubling time.

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