"Pulling Up Up When You Are Down"

Tyrese is leaning into family in a special way after losing his mother, Priscilla Murray Gibson, to pneumonia and COVID. The FURIOUS star took to Instagram on Monday (Feb. 14) to thank fans for their support and to also announce his mom’s passing.


“On behalf of my family and everyone who ever spent any time praying for my mother,” Tyrese began his message. “This is the saddest moment of my life,” the entertainer continued. “My sweet Valentine just passed away,” the celebrity said. “May the Lord Jesus Christ and his angels open the doors of heavens and embrace her. We as a family are broken and just can’t believe this.”

Priscilla Gibson battled with pneumonia and COVID several days before succumbing to the infections. Tyrese asked fans for prayers and gave updates on his mom’s condition daily. The celebrity father took to Instagram on Sunday (Feb. 13) to share a TikTok video of him with his oldest daughter, Shayla, who lifted her father’s vibe.

“One thing about our angels that have a special way of pulling us UP when you are down,” Tyrese said of his daughter. “I’m on a call with the Dr getting updates [on my mom] and she’s on TikTok,” the celebrity father mused.

Dozens of celebrities gave their condolences to Tyrese upon learning of his mother’s passing. “Praying for you,” La La Anthony said. “I’m so sorry for your loss,” the celebrity added. “I know she’s so proud of you. May she rest peacefully.” Snoop Dogg wrote, “Stay strong. I’ll come [to] see you this week if you like to pray with you and hug you.”

Tyrese wrote a beautiful tribute to his mom in his final update to fans. “May the Lord Jesus Christ honor your walk with him and embrace you into the heavens,” the celebrity said. “From here on I ask that you HOLD MY HAND MOTHER and never let my hand go,” he added. “Like you held my hand as a child and a teen. Never let my hand go, mother.”

Photo: Tyrese/Instagram



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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