Two people have died in a small plane that crashed on Oct. 18, 2013 in Sedgwick County, Kansas, one of them confirmed to be Pastor Edward Dufresne, according to KWCH.
Dufresne, 72, who was pastor of the World Harvest Church in Murrieta, California, was bound for Texas when the plane went down shortly after leaving a Kansas airport, according to KFI News.
Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter said that witnesses heard an explosion and saw pieces of the aircraft falling out of the sky. He noted there were no distress calls prior to the crash, reports KFI.
Also killed in the crash was the plane’s pilot, Mitchell Morgan, 49.
According to KFI, Dufresne claimed he could cure cancer, and ran a website that asked followers to donate money to his Eagle Partner Club, which enabled him to fly to various areas to preach and conduct faith healing outside of southern California.
Dufresne spoke at Triumphant Faith Center on Thursday night in Seneca, Kansas, and was to speak at Word and Spirit Church in Schertz, Texas on Friday, reports KWCH.
The local media outlet notes that Dufresne had been a pastor for over four decades and traveled more than 11 million air-miles during his career.