Christian Singer Suffers Unexpected Loss of a Family Member, Please Send Prayers

May 14, 2019May 14, 2019

There's sad news for singer Jordin Sparks‘ family. Her stepfather has died, PEOPLE confirms.

The American Idol winner’s stepdad, firefighter and Army veteran James Jackson, died on May 7. The 50-year-old suffered a stroke.

In addition to Sparks, Jackson is survived by son Zachary (and his wife Dawajeane); wife Jodi; and stepson P.J. Sparks (and his wife Jessica).

A funeral is planned for Tuesday, May 14 at 10:30 a.m. at the Second Baptist Church in Kingwood, Texas. The family asks that donations be made to the Houston-based ministry The Forge for Families.

Sparks’s mom Jodi shared her heartbreak on social media last Thursday.

“James and I had a big beautiful love. We loved out loud. He took nothing for granted and gave of himself everyday to everyone. We adored each other and every minute he wasn’t working we were together loving our crazy, blessed life,” she wrote. “He spent his life saving lives and will save many more through this tragedy. That was just who he was," she said referring to his status as an organ donor. 

Jordin's mother married Jackson back in March 2014. The singer served as maid of honor at their wedding. Back in 2015, Sparks took to Instagram to wish the couple a happy first anniversary.

“Happy 1 Year Anniversary to my Mommy, @jodijax& Step Dad James! Your love is so incredibly inspiring. I love you both so much! Here’s to many more!”

Sparks’s loss comes just 15 months after Jackson's daughter passed away. In January 2018, Sparks' 16-year-old stepsister, Bryanna Jackson-Frias, died of complications from her lifelong battle with sickle cell anemia.

Please pray for their family as they deal with this difficult loss.

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