Gospel recording artist Marvin Sapp is mourning the loss of his wife and manager, MaLinda Sapp, after she lost her battle with colon cancer on Sept. 9, the Associated Press reported. She was 43.
MaLinda Sapp was a psychology professor at Grand Rapids Community College, professional psychologist and administrative pastor at Marvin’s Lighthouse Full Life Center Church in Grand Rapids, Mich. Prior to her death, the church had been praying for her health and was seeking prayer from others. .
The couple has three children: Marvin II, Mikaila and Madisson.
In 2008, Marvin Sapp’s “Never Would Have Made It” reached number 14 on the Billboard Charts. His recent album “Here I Am” garnered the number two spot on the Billboard 200, making it the highest charting album ever by a gospel artist, topping Kirk Franklin’s “God’s Property,” which reached number three in 1997. The album’s lead single, “The Best in Me,” debuted at number one on Billboard’s Gospel Songs Chart.
According to Blackvoices.com, Marvin Sapp said doctors at one point declared his wife in remission after she had been treated for stage 4 colon cancer. But soon thereafter, health concerns re-emerged and Marvin Sapp requested intense prayer.
Colon cancer is the second-leading cancer-related killer in the United States. According to the American Journal of Gastroenterology, incidence and mortality rates from the disease are higher among African-Americans than Whites.