Kirk Franklin’s Biological Father Passes Away

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Our prayers are with gospel singer Kirk Franklin and his family. His biological father, Dwight Allen has passed away at the age of 66 due to a terminal illness.

Franklin shared the news on his Instagram account.

“I just got a call tonight that he passed.”



Do you remember the call I received a few months ago….? Dwight Allen 9.12.52.-10.15.18.

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Just a few weeks ago, Franklin reconnected with his father. He received an anonymous telephone call informing him that his birth father has less than six months to live.

“So many emotions. Being abandoned, being adopted, and when I got that call, I knew I didn’t want to continue living in that. So, I fought past it, moved past it and got on the plane, and I’m so glad I did. I just got a call tonight that he passed.”

He continues:

“I want to encourage anybody that may have a hard time moving in forgiveness. It’s painful, but it’s necessary because they deserve it, you deserve it, and both of ya’ll deserve the same grace that we all want God to give us. That amazing grace.” 



So….. Two days ago, I received an anonymous call that my biological father, who I never knew, has 3-6 months to live. I’ve lived my entire life hating this man. He and my biological mother gave me up for adoption, and it left me never feeling good enough….to this very day. I took my hate for him and used it as fuel to be the best father I could be for my own. But what I did wrong, is I never took that fuel, and turn it into forgiveness….and that is wrong. Wrong for him, me, and the God I proclaim to represent. How can I preach what I don’t practice. So I flew to Houston yesterday to do that. It’s painful, it’s a process, but how disappointed I would be in myself for this man to leave this earth without being forgiven. He deserves to receive what God gives me everyday. Pray for him, and for me. God this is hard…I weep as I write.

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Rest in Peace, Dwight Allen.