Rev. Jerry Falwell Dies, Leader of Evangelicals; Founder of Moral Majority Was 73
Byline: Ralph Z. Hallow and Audrey Hudson, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
The Rev. Jerry Falwell, one of the founders of the so-called religious right and a friend and ally of Republican presidents, died yesterday from a heart rhythm abnormality in his office on the campus of the Lynchburg university he founded. He was 73.
He was discovered in his office, unconscious and not breathing, by an aide when he did not attend a meeting at Liberty University, his doctor said.
Dr. Carl Moore, Mr. Falwell's physician, said he was found at 11:30 a.m. in his office without a heartbeat. Several efforts to resuscitate him in his office, en route to the hospital and at the hospital, were unsuccessful.
He was pronounced dead at 12:40 p.m.
"He was found without a pulse and never regained a pulse," Dr. Moore said. It is too soon to determine the exact cause of death, but Dr. Moore speculated that it was due to cardiac arrhythmia. "He [was] known to have a heart condition and this ... occurs without warning"
Mr. Falwell, a Southern Baptist, came to national and international prominence by using his leadership and entrepreneurial skills to combine religion and politics and forge an unprecedented electoral coalition.
President Bush said he and his wife, Laura, were "deeply saddened" by the loss of a man who "cherished faith, family and freedom."
"One of his lasting contributions was the establishment of Liberty University, where he taught young people to remain true to their convictions and rely upon God's word throughout each stage of their lives," Mr. Bush said.
Mr. Falwell formed the Moral Majority in 1979, which transformed U.S. politics by galvanizing long-dormant …
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Publication information: Article title: Rev. Jerry Falwell Dies, Leader of Evangelicals; Founder of Moral Majority Was 73. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Washington Times (Washington, DC). Publication date: May 16, 2007. Page number: A01. © 2009 The Washington Times LLC. COPYRIGHT 2007 Gale Group.