June 14, 2011 in Nation/World

‘Rapture’ predictor recovering from stroke

Los Angeles Times

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LOS ANGELES – Family Radio Network minister Harold Camping, who inaccurately predicted the “Rapture,” is resting in a hospital after having a mild stroke, a spokeswoman said Monday.

Camping, 89, fell ill late Thursday at home and was admitted to a hospital, said the woman, who declined to give her name.

“He is recuperating and doctors are pleased with his progress,” she said.

Camping gained worldwide notoriety for predicting the world would come to an end on May 21.

The prophecy prompted some of his devoted followers to quit their jobs and get rid of their belongings in anticipation of the fated day.

When it failed to occur, some in his large Family Radio Network flock expressed disappointment but others said he probably just had the wrong day. Within a few days Camping announced a new Rapture date: Oct. 21.

Staff members said they will play prerecorded shows until he is well.

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