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Paul F. Crouch, co-founder of the Trinity Broadcasting Network, died Saturday at age 79, according to his website and the network’s Facebook page.  Paul believed  that Christian televison was imperative to the souls of the world.

They posted the below:

Early this morning at 4:01a.m., I received word from my friend and brother Matt Crouch that his beloved father, the founder and president of the TBN family of Networks, had transitioned to his eternal rest into the presence of Jesus. With that communication there was enclosed to me a personal word from Dr. Paul Crouch himself, shortly before his passing, which I will forever cherish and keep very close to my heart. Out of respect for Lady Jan, and the entire Crouch family, I withheld any communication of this fact until I was certain that TBN had posted the information on their website. That, having now been done by TBN, I will now say the following:

Few men actually change the face of the planet and shape it for future generations, leaving such a legacy. Dr. Paul Crouch, in his earthly ministry was a gentleman and a Prince, a General and a father to an entire generation of Christian leaders.

I am on television, today, and received in nations throughout the world, partially because of the vision and the love of this Man of God. I am honored to have been received within and to have stood alongside the TBN family during his lifetime. He is STILL an example to us all. I pray that my generation of leaders will receive the grace to become what we have beheld.

To Lady Jan, and to all the Crouch children, grandchildren and extended family, we stand with you, our prayers are with you. Thank you for sharing the gift of Dr. Paul F. Crouch, Sr. “From Coast-To-Coast and Around The World”.

On November 5, TBN said Crouch fell ill and was hospitalized in Texas in late October. He returned to California for treatment of “his heart and related health issues,” a network spokesman said. Crouch received a pacemaker in 2012.

TBN, based in Orange County, California, bills itself as the most-watched faith channel in the United States. TBN has 84 satellite channels and thousands of television and cable affiliates around the world, according to the website.

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