According to Canwest news service
Television evangelist Oral Roberts has died, a posting on the Oral Roberts Ministries site said Tuesday. He was 91.
“The Oral Roberts University family was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of our dear Chancellor, Oral Roberts,” Oral Roberts University President Mark Rutland said in a statement.
His death followed a weekend admission to the hospital after a fall, his ministry said in a statement.
“On Saturday, December 12, while in his home in California, Oral Roberts slipped and fell,” reported the ministry. “He was transported to a local hospital and is currently being treated for broken bones and a slight case of pneumonia. Doctors report he is in stable condition,” the Christian Post quoted the ministry as saying.
The ministry founded by Roberts is presently being led by his son, Richard.
“Oral Roberts was the greatest man of God I’ve ever known,” his son said in a statement.
“A modern-day apostle of the healing ministry, an author, educator, evangelist, prophet, and innovator, he was the only man of his generation to build a worldwide ministry, an accredited university, and a medical school. His name is synonymous with miracles. And he came along when many in Christendom did not believe in God’s power and goodness.”
Granville Oral Roberts was one of the most famous and influential Christian leaders and was renowned as an evangelist, author, educator, and television personality.
In 1947 Roberts established the Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association in Tulsa, Oklahoma and conducted miracle healing crusades across America and around the world in a great “tent cathedral.” Each night, thousands who were sick and dying came for healing prayer.
When he was 17, Roberts was told he had tuberculosis, but recovered after months in bed.
Through the years, he conducted more than 300 healing crusades in more than 35 countries on six continents. It’s estimated that Roberts personally laid hands on more than two million people for healing prayer.
“God wants you well. God wants you prosperous. God wants you a whole person,” Roberts once said.