Pop star Kelis’ husband Mike Mora has died after battling stage four stomach cancer, according to reports.
Kelis’ husband Mike Mora has died after battling stage four stomach cancer, according to reports.
The Milkshake singer‘s management team confirmed the 37-year-old photographer had died on Monday, The Sun.
A statement shared with ET: “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.” Dozens of tributes have been paid to Kelis’ husband.
Actor Evan Ross said: “We lost a brother yesterday. We will truly miss you Mike. Thinking of some of the great times we all spent together.”
Photographer Brian Bowen Smith penned: “Saddened to hear the news about our dear friend Mike passing away last night.”
He said that working with him was “such a pleasure”. Bowen Smith said: “Today we will be thinking of you at every frame. Great example of why you need to live every day to the fullest.
And be grateful for every day your here (sic). Love you MM.” And, music star Dallas Austin said: “All I can say is that we LOVE YOU DEARLY Mikey” Kelis has not yet commented on her husband’s passing.
Mike was diagnosed with stage four stomach cancer, also known as gastric adenocarcinoma, and had been given 18 months to live.
He opened up about his cancer diagnosis in October last year.
The photographer said he started to experience excruciating stomach pain in 2020, just after he and his wife Kelis moved to a farm outside Los Angeles.
He described his symptoms as “loss of appetite” with ”pain in my back”.
He initially put his pain down to the hard work on the farm.
Mora explained how the doctors diagnosed him with the most advanced form of stomach cancer.
He said: “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.”
Kelis and Mike married in 2014 and in September 2020, they welcomed their second child, a daughter named Galilee.
They also have a five-year-old son named Sheperd, who was born in 2015.
Kelis also shares a 12-year-old son, Knight, with her former ex-husband Nas.
This article originally appeared in The Sun and was reproduced with permission