Bishop TD Jakes reached out to Tyrese this week and offered consolation, the singer said.
Tyrese who had starred with Paul Walker in the successful film has been overwhelmed with sadness tweeting:
“Not just a family on camera were a real family #WeJustCelebratedHis40th,” Gibson wrote in the caption of a short clip he posted to YouTube of Walker’s recent 40th birthday celebrations. “Pray for his daughter and family and closest friends please this hurts #RIHAW ( Rest in HEAVEN Angel Walker ) Stay strong#FastFamily #MyLastPost.”
Gibson reportedly took a piece of the wreckage from the crash site as a keepsake of his friend, who he likened to a brother. He followed that up this week with an emotional Facebook message in which he said Bishop TD Jakes had “reached out” to him and “spoke healing and closure.”
Gibson said he was drawing strength from Jakes’ message in which the megachurch pastor reminded him that after losing a loved one “it feels like death has won” but in fact the victory of Christ has taken the sting out of all death.
Bishop Jakes said:
“In moments like this, it feels – it feels like death has won. But the bible says that love is stronger than death, Your hearts are heavy, tears flow down. Your spirits are wounded. I feel that too. I didn’t have the privilege of knowing him as long as many of you have done. I understand what it is to be in pain. You look around and everybody you love and everybody you can count on and everybody you can trust seems to be slipping through your fingers.”
The Potter’s House pastor continued: “I want you to understand in a very practical and pragmatic way that death has NOT won.”