Failed 'Rapture' preacher recovering from stroke

Jun 13 2011 - 2:05pm

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In this May 23, 2011 photo, Harold Camping speaks during a taping of his show Open Forum in Oakland, Calif. Camping, the California radio preacher who predicted that the end of the world would take place last month, has suffered a stroke. The Oakland Tribune reports that 89-year-old Camping was hospitalized after suffering the stroke Thursday, June 9, 2011, at his Alameda home. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
In this May 23, 2011 photo, Harold Camping speaks during a taping of his show Open Forum in Oakland, Calif. Camping, the California radio preacher who predicted that the end of the world would take place last month, has suffered a stroke. The Oakland Tribune reports that 89-year-old Camping was hospitalized after suffering the stroke Thursday, June 9, 2011, at his Alameda home. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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 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.

Indeed, within a few days Camping announced a new Rapture date: Oct. 21.

Staff members at the ministry's headquarters said they will be playing pre-recorded programs by Camping until he is well enough to get back on the air.

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