Evangelist Pat Robertson Dies at 93

Pat Robertson
Evangelical Christian leader Pat Robertson takes his seat onstage ahead of a campaign rally with Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in Virginia Beach, Virginia September 8, 2012. | Image by Brian Snyder/REUTERS

Popular religious broadcaster Pat Robertson died on Thursday at 93, the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), which he founded, announced.

Robertson was a leading figure in politics and religious life since the 1960s. He founded CBN in 1961.

“Pat Robertson, longtime TV host, religious broadcaster, educator, humanitarian, and one-time presidential candidate, died at his home in Virginia Beach early Thursday morning. He was 93,” a news release from CBN said.

The broadcaster ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 1988, losing to former President George H.W. Bush.

Robertson became a household name in America because of his “700 Club” TV show. He also was known for his work at other organizations, such as Regent University, the American Center for Law and Justice, and Operation Blessing.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our beloved founder,” Regent University executive vice president for academic affairs William L. Hathaway said. “Dr. Robertson was a globally-renowned leader, broadcaster, philanthropist, educator, author, accomplished businessman, and – most importantly – a faithful servant of God who dedicated his life to glorifying the Lord and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

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