Oral Roberts

 

 

 

Age: 91

 

Summary: Pentecostal evangelist who had helped to pioneer TV evangelism in the 1950's 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, but who also laid the foundation for the "prosperity gospel" (the doctrine that has come to dominate televangelism, which says that God rewards the faithful with material success) while its critics say it is used by preachers to enrich themselves at the expense of their followers.

 

 

Cause of Death: Complications from pneumonia

 

Born: January 24, 1918

 

Died: December 15, 2009

 

Location: Newport Beach, California