Evangelist TV pioneer Oral Roberts dead at 91

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December 16, 2009 04:51

Oral Roberts, who helped pioneer TV evangelism in the 1950s and used the power of the new medium - and his message of God's healing power - to build a multimillion-dollar ministry and a university that bears his name, died Tuesday. He was 91. Roberts died of complications from pneumonia in Newport Beach, California, according to his spokesman, A. Larry Ross. The evangelist was hospitalized after a fall on Saturday. Roberts rose from humble tent revivals to become one of the nation's most famous and influential preachers. Along with Billy Graham, he pioneered religious TV, and he played a major role in bringing American Pentecostalism into the mainstream.

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