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Christian R&B group Mary Mary took home their second BET music award for Best Gospel Group during Sunday's live telecast of the awards show.
This year alone, the ladies, Erica Campbell and Tina Campbell, have won a Grammy, NAACP Image Award, and a Stellar Award among a string of other smaller awards.
The duo is also working on their scripted WE TV reality show "Mary Mary." It is currently in its third season and has ranked as high as No. 1 on the Nielsen Media ratings for African-American women.
Despite their success, the duo was mourning the loss of their father, Eddie A. Atkins Jr. and released a statement addressing fan support.
"Erica and Tina Campbell (Mary Mary) would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to all who have reached out to them during this difficult time. The ladies have been overwhelmed by the love and support of their peers, colleagues, fans, and friends and want to share the below message with you."
They then shared a personal letter speaking about their father.
"Our dad was a powerful man. Our family had it's challenges but our love superseded it all. We had the opportunity to profess our love for our father. We were able to tell him how much we loved him, valued him, and how much life had helped us to understand the things that we couldn't for many years. Our dad was a man of immense physical and spiritual strength. He always covered us in prayer. He warned us when hardships were coming, taught us how to pray through, fight on, and overcome life's challenges. What better gift can a man give his family," they shared.