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Evangelist Oral Roberts dies at age 91


NEW YORK (WKOW) -- Evangelist Oral Roberts has died at the age of 91, according to a spokesman.

The Oklahoma native, who rose from tent revivals to found a multimillion-dollar organization, was hospitalized on Saturday after a fall and died Tuesday of complications from pneumonia in Newport Beach, California.

Roberts had survived two heart attacks in the 1990s and a broken hip in 2006.

According to a news release sent by his representatives, Roberts' son and daughter were at his side when he died.

"Oral Roberts was the greatest man of God I've ever known," Richard Roberts said. "A modern-day apostle of the healing ministry, an author, educator, evangelist, prophet, and innovator, he was the only man of his generation to build a worldwide ministry, an accredited university, and a medical school.

After overcoming tuberculosis at the age of 17, Roberts went on to reach millions of people around the world through broadcasts, publications and personal appearances.

Oral Roberts University, founded in 1963, became a Tulsa landmark.


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