Kelis’ husband, Mike Mora, died aged 37 after battling stage four stomach cancer.
Photographer Mike revealed he had cancer in September 2021 and was diagnosed a year earlier — by which time doctors had given him just 18 months to live.
“Sadly it is true that Mike Mora has passed away. We ask everyone to respect the privacy of Kelis and his family right now. Thank you,” said Steve Satterhwaite of Red Light Management.
The singer has yet to publicly comment on her husband’s passing on her social media platforms.
Kelis and Mike married in 2014 and in September 2020 they welcomed their second child, a daughter. They also share a six-year-old son named Shepherd
The singer also shares 12-year-old son Knight with ex-husband Nas, to whom she was married from 2005 to 2010.
Kelis and Mora have lived on a remote farm in Temecula, Calif., outside of Los Angeles since January 2020, which they had managed together and raised their children.
Mora took to his Instagram in late September 2021 to reveal he had stage 4 stomach cancer which had spread to the lymph nodes in his back.
He shared a photo of a man from UCLA, which “was taken as I was transferred to the UCLA Santa Monica Oncology Section from nearby Ronald Reagan Hospital.”
“This gentleman, Latin brother, saw my weakness. He looked at me before leaving my room and said “I’ve seen people get out of the craziest situations, be strong brother, you understand.” I will never forget his face….’ Mora said.
“They said 18 months. It was exactly 12 o’clock. Here we go.. Scared as F¥#%… The story will go on.. I love you @kelis,’ he concluded.
Another photographer, Brian Bowen Smith, shared a heartfelt tribute on his Instagram on Monday.
Musician Dallas Austin also posted a tribute on Instagram, adding, “All I can say is we LOVE YOU VERY MUCH Mikey,” along with a red heart emoji.
“Saddened to hear the news that our dear friend Mike passed away last night. It was such a pleasure working with you. I loved all of your questions and your passion for your family and photography,” he said. start.
“It reminds me of me. Sending love to his wife and family. Mike had been sick for a minute but he loved being on set. Today we will think of you in every picture. Great example of why you need to live every day to the fullest.
‘And be well satisfied for each day that you are here. I love you mrs. Soon. He was an incredible photographer and he would have gone far. Nicest guy I’ve ever met. check out his @mikemorafotos page,’ he concluded.