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Doomsday preacher dies at 92: Harold Camping, 'Rapture' prophet, suffers fall

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A "Doomsday preacher" dies at 92 Sunday and many recalled the notoriety of the pastor's failed end of the world prediction. Harold Camping is best known for warning the world of the rapture for May 21, 2011 and convincing throngs of followers of his end of world prophesy, according to a Dec. 17 Huffington Post report.

The Doomsday preacher died Sunday, according to a statement released by his Family Radio network of stations. The cause of death, according to Monday’s statement, is linked to a fall he suffered at home on Nov. 30.

Camping had been in ill health since suffering a stroke back in 2011, when his "Judgment Day" prediction failed to come to pass. Some speculate that the backlash that followed, after the world did not end, caused him to sink into bad health and depression.

In fact, with his damaged credibility, Camping openly apologized to those who believed him and admitted his May 21 prediction was "incorrect and sinful." Following the public atonement, he said he could dissolve his ministry and cease and desist in prediction “end of days” prophesy.

Soon thereafter, his ministry assets -- once at a high of $135 million in 2007 -- were valued at $29.2 million. Moreover, stations with the network were sold and staffers lost their jobs

Then, came the windstorm of reporters, all who were vying for an interview with the infamous prophet. However, he dodged making public statements and asked for privacy, saying "I'm not a genius. I pray all the time for wisdom."

Followers the world over, who had sold their possessions, felt duped and openly denounced Camping.

Long before the Doomsday preacher died, he attracted an evangelical following and was known for his sharp knowledge of scripture, despite not having any formal religious training or ability to read or speak Greek/Hebrew.

Then, in the '80s, he was heavily criticized by the mainstream for his indictment of the church. Camping did an about-face and soon called out ministries for practicing blasphemy and heresy, thus the beginning of his coming of Christ doctrine.

In the end, the fallen orator yielded to his critics who remind him of Biblical scripture that said that (paraphrased) no man, not even the angels in heaven know when the Lord is coming back.

The Doomsday pastor died at 92, but is survived by his wife, who he wed 71 years ago.


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