Tammy Faye Bakker Messner


Age: 65

gospel singer who with her first husband Jim Bakker built a commercial empire around TV evangelism only to see it collapse in sex and money scandals, whose TV image of tears streaking her cheeks with mascara and forgiving her husband's infidelities became a symbol of the wages of greed and hypocrisy in 1980's America, but who divorced her husband of 30 years in 1992 while he was in prison for defrauding followers of their Praise The Lord TV miniseries of millions of dollars, whose second husband Roe Messner is the chief builder of the Bakkers' Heritage USA Christian theme park near Fort Mill, South Carolina and was later convicted of bankruptcy fraud and spent about two years in prison, who became a ubiquitous TV guest and was famous for her false eyelashes, heavy mascara, and upbeat philosophy.

Cause of Death: Colon cancer

Born: March 7, 1942

Died: July 20, 2007

Kansas City, Missouri