Rev. Jerry Falwell – 1934-2007
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Monday, May 14
LYNCHBURG, Virginia (AP) – Rev. Jerry Falwell, a prominent conservative televangelist who founded a movement that helped mold the religious right into a political power, was hospitalized in “gravely serious” condition, said an executive with the university he set up, and has since died. Ron Godwin, Liberty University’s executive vice president, said Falwell was found unresponsive around 10:45 a.m. and taken to Lynchburg General Hospital. Godwin said he was not sure what caused the collapse, but “he has a history of heart challenges.”
Falwell, a television evangelist, founded the Moral Majority in 1979. Falwell used the conservative Christian movement to mold the religious right into a political power and he became the face of the religious right in the 1980s.
He later founded the conservative Liberty University and served as its president.
Falwell survived two serious health scares in early 2005. He was hospitalized for two weeks with what was described as a viral infection, then hospitalized again a few weeks later after going into respiratory arrest.
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