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Sun., June 12, 2011, 4:48 a.m.

Harold Camping has stroke…

Oakland Tribune (D. Cameron / Bay Area News Group)
Oakland Tribune (D. Cameron / Bay Area News Group)

Good morning, Netizens...

Harold Camping, the Doomsday radio preacher who sparked international media attention by predicting the Rapture, the end of the world, has been hospitalized after suffering a stroke at his Alameda home Thursday night.

The 89-year-old radio evangelist and president of the Oakland, California nonprofit Family Radio was taken by ambulance from his house Thursday night, a neighbor said, but his well-known, gravelly voice that led many believers to donate millions of dollars to his cause may never be the same. The stroke was on his right side, and although his speech is a little slurred, he is apparently all right according to family sources.

Camping was mocked nationally by talk-show hosts and the subject of protests, both by believers and nonbelievers alike. Some Christians called Camping a false prophet, and the American Atheists paid $27,000 for five weeks of billboard space denouncing the Rapture, along with hosting a party that May 21 weekend.

Camping said he took his wife to a hotel during the weekend of the predicted Rapture and that the phone in his Alameda home rang constantly and strangers knocked on his door. It was, he said, "a very difficult time for me."

When the world did not end, Camping told reporters that the world would instead end Oct. 21 and argued that despite no physical evidence to the contrary, his point of view was correct.


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