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Dec 15, 2009 4:10 PM by AP

Oral Roberts dead at 91

A spokesman for Oral Roberts says the evangelist and university founder has died at age 91.

Roberts was a legendary evangelist who rose from humble beginnings to become one of the most influential Christian leaders of the 20th century.

Spokesman A. Larry Ross said that Roberts died Tuesday of complications from pneumonia in
Newport Beach, California. Roberts was hospitalized after a fall on Saturday.

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

Roberts overcame tuberculosis at age 17, and credited that triumph with leading him to become one of the country's most famous ministers.

By the 1960s and '70s, the Oklahoma-born Roberts was reaching millions around the world through broadcasting, publications and personal appearances.

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

 

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