Evangelist Oral Roberts, who founded university bearing his name, dies at age 91

A spokesman for Oral Roberts says the evangelist who rose from tent revivals to found a multimillion-dollar organization and an Oklahoma university bearing his name has died. He was 91.

The large praying hands at Oral Roberts University are seen at the university campus in Tulsa

The large praying hands at Oral Roberts University are seen at the university campus in Tulsa

NEW YORK — A spokesman for Oral Roberts says the evangelist who rose from tent revivals to found a multimillion-dollar organization and an Oklahoma university bearing his name has died. He was 91.

Spokesman A. Larry Ross says Roberts died Tuesday of complications from pneumonia in Newport Beach, Calif.

Roberts was hospitalized after a fall on Saturday.

He had survived two heart attacks in the 1990s and a broken hip in 2006.

Roberts overcame tuberculosis at age 17, and credited that triumph with leading him to become one of the country’s most famous ministers.

By the 1960s and ’70s, the Oklahoma-born Roberts was reaching millions around the world through broadcasting, publications and personal appearances. Oral Roberts University, chartered in 1963, became a Tulsa landmark.

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