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Oral Roberts dead at 91

December 15, 2009 |  1:09 pm


Oral Roberts, the evangelist who rose from tent revivals to found a multimillion-dollar organization and an Oklahoma university bearing his name, has died. He was 91.

Roberts died today of complications from pneumonia in Newport Beach, his spokesman A. Larry Ross said. Roberts was hospitalized after a fall Saturday. He had survived two heart attacks in the 1990s and a broken hip in 2006.

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.

--Associated Press

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Photo: Oral Roberts giving a sermon in 1987. Credit: Associated Press