Singer Kelis’ husband, photographer Mike Mora, has died after a battle with stage 4 stomach cancer. He was 37.
“Sadly, it’s true that Mike Mora has passed away. We would ask all to respect Kelis and her family’s privacy as of right now. Thank you,” Kelis’ manager, Steve Satterhwaite, told “Entertainment Tonight” in a statement late Monday.
Mora’s friend Evan Ross shared a since-deleted tribute to Mora after news of his death broke.
“We lost a brother Yesterday. We will truly miss you Mike,” Ross wrote on Instagram. “Thinking of some of the great times we all spent together.”
He added, “Everything I saw you do. Was built in passion. I loved connecting again with you. Hearing about your children and the life you and your wife have built. Im sending all the prayers and love to your family brother. @kelis RIP @mikemorafotos.”
The “Milkshake” performer, 42, has not publicly commented on her husband’s death.
Mora first shared his diagnosis in October 2021, telling fans that he had been secretly battling the disease for a year, with doctors informing him at the time of his diagnosis that he had only 18 months to live.
He explained that he first started experiencing “the worst pain” in his stomach that started to spread throughout parts of his body.
“Loss of appetite. Pain in my back also started to creep in…finally decided to do something about it,” Mora wrote in his post. “It was a bit late. But just in time.”
He added, “I thought the whole time that I just had an ulcer. With no idea what was about to come my way. Here I was, in a hospital bed, during the middle of the pandemic. All alone.”
Mora said he was sharing his diagnosis not for attention but to “help those that might be experiencing something like this.”
He and Kelis shared two children: son Shepherd, 6, and daughter Galilee, 1. She is also mom to son Knight, 12, with ex-husband Nas.
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