COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) - Paul Crouch, who built what has been called the world's largest Christian broadcasting network, has died. He was 79.
Trinity Broadcasting Network reported Saturday that Crouch died after a decade-long fight with degenerative heart disease.
A message was left for Crouch's grandson Brandon, who wrote about Crouch's death on his Twitter page.
Crouch and his wife Jan founded the network in 1973 and grew it into an international Christian empire that beams prosperity gospel programming to every continent but Antarctica around the clock. The programming promises that if the faithful sacrifice for their belief, God will reward them with material wealth.
Based in Costa Mesa, the network says it has 84 satellite channels and more than 18,000 television and cable affiliates as well as a Christian amusement park in Orlando.
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