Kelis‘ husband Mike Mora passed away after a battle with stage four stomach cancer, according to the singer’s management. He was 37 years old.
The news of the photographer’s death was made public on Monday, March 14, according to a press release.
“Unfortunately, it is true that Mike Mora has died away,” Red Light Management’s Steve Satterthwaite said in an email. “We would appreciate it if everyone could respect Kelis and her family’s privacy for the time being. “Thank you very much.”
Mora revealed the news of his cancer diagnosis to the public in October of the previous year. Mora posted details of how he was feeling after receiving his stage four cancer diagnosis on Instagram,
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where he also said that a doctor had given him “18 months” to live.
Mora disclosed in one of his most recent blogs regarding his cancer diagnosis that physicians were “scared” for him.
“I inquired as to how they intended to assist me. “They stated they couldn’t help me any further,” he wrote. I had to look for a solution on my own… “These are frightening times.”
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Several Kelis and Mora friends and fans have paid respect to the late photographer.
“Saddened to hear the news about our great buddy Mike passing away last night,” photographer Brian Bowan Smith wrote. It was a pleasure to work with you. I enjoyed all of your questions, as well as your enthusiasm for your family and photography. It reminds me of myself.”
“Sending love to his wife and family, Mike was sick for a minute but he loved being on set,” he continued. “We’ll be thinking about you at every frame today.” A great example of why you should live each day to the utmost. And be grateful for each and every day that you are here. “I adore you, MM.”
Several acquaintances of Mora and Kelis, including Evan Ross, paid tribute to the late photographer.
Ross posted a black-and-white image of Mora on Instagram on Monday, writing, “Yesterday, we lost a brother. Mike, we will genuinely miss you. I’m remembering some of the fun times we had together.”
“You and @naztokio are recording me at Atlanta’s @dallasaustins studio. It was the first time I had ever properly recorded a record in a studio. You made it seem simple and safe. Everything I’ve seen you do. Was created out of passion. I enjoyed reconnecting with you again “He went on.
Ross completed his eulogy for the photographer by praying for Kelis and her family. The couple has a one-year-old girl who was born in September 2020, as well as a 6-year-old son, Shepherd. Kelis also has a 12-year-old son named Knight, whom she shares with her ex-husband Nas.
“Hearing about your children and the life you and your wife have created,” Ross added. “I’m sending all of my love and prayers to your family, brother. @kelis @mikemorafotos, rest in peace.”
Brian Bowen Smith, another photographer, also commented about Mora’s death, calling him “an extraordinary photographer” and “the loveliest guy” he had ever encountered.
“We were saddened to learn of the death of our beloved buddy Mike last night. It was a pleasure to work with you. I enjoyed all of your questions, as well as your enthusiasm for your family and photography. It reminds me of myself. I’m thinking of his wife and family. Mike had been sick for a short time, but he enjoyed being on set “Smith divulged. “We’ll be thinking about you in every frame today. A great example of why you should live each day to the utmost. And be grateful for each and every day that you are here. I love you, MM. You left us far too soon. He was a fantastic photographer who could have gone far. I’ve never met a nicer guy. Visit his page at @mikemorafotos.”
Mora spoke up about his cancer fight in October.
In a series of Instagram photos, the photographer recorded his life since his stage 4 cancer diagnosis, revealing that a doctor had given him 18 months to live.
The “Milkshake” singer’s husband went on to say that his symptoms began in September 2020, with “the worst pain” in his stomach, shortly after moving to a farm outside of Los Angeles with his family.
“Appetite loss. The pain in my back began to worsen… Finally, someone decided to do something about it, “Mora was writing at the time. “It was getting late. But just just in time.”
Mora revealed that after a week of back-and-forth, he finally began to get answers about what was going on, not long after he and the singer welcomed their daughter.