Kirk Franklin revealed in an emotional Instagram video that his biological father has passed just weeks after the gospel star was able to reconnect with him.

Dwight Allen died on Monday of a terminal illness. He was 66.

In September, Franklin shared that he had received an anonymous telephone call informing him that his birth father had less than three to six months to live.

Because Franklin said he had held resentment for his father for putting him up for adoption, it was a tough decision whether or not he wanted to reconnect with his dad ahead of his death. Still, the 48-year-old singer decided to forgive his father in those final weeks — a move that he said changed his life.

“So many emotions. Being abandoned, being adopted, and when I got that call, I knew I didn’t want to continue living in that,” Franklin told his followers in a video posted on his Instagram page. “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.”

“I want to encourage anybody that may have a hard time moving in forgiveness,” he continued. “It’s painful, but it’s necessary. 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.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with Franklin and his family during this difficult time.

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