Former “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star NeNe Leakes confirmed on Monday that her 23-year-old son, Brentt Leakes, suffered a stroke and congestive heart failure, according to multiple media outlets.
Shortly after TMZ first reported the medical emergency, Leakes took to Instagram to say her son had been hospitalized two weeks prior and doctors were still working to determine the cause of his condition.
“It was very scary. I don’t even want to go into detail about what happened and how I found out about him and what condition he was in,” she said in the since-deleted video. “Obviously a stroke is a very serious thing, and so he has a hard time talking. … Keep us in your prayers.”
The TV personality told her social media followers that doctors had ‘performed a number of tests’ on her son and that the medical team caring for him were ‘still trying to figure it out. [it] out.” Doctors suggested he could have been born with a previously undetected heart condition, she said.
“If we knew the cause, obviously they could address the cause,” she said.
Leakes also said on Instagram that her son had “shown some improvement” and was in “good spirits” Monday morning.
The former reality TV star had Brentt Leakes with her late husband, Gregg Leakes, who died in 2021 after a battle with colon cancer. The couple first married in 1997 before divorcing in 2011. They reconciled and remarried in 2013.
NeNe Leakes told People last year that her husband was surrounded by family and friends before his death at 66.
“The last five days before his passing have been truly magnificent,” she said at the time. “All his children were there. His best friends were there. Our closest friends were there. We all sat with him 24 hours a day.”