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Rapture Preacher Suffers Stroke

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ALAMEDA (AP) — 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 Harold Camping, 89, was hospitalized after suffering the stroke Thursday night at his Alameda home.

Charles Menut, a regional manager for Harold Camping’s radio company, Family Stations Inc., told supporters about Camping’s stroke in an online message posted Saturday. Menut gave no other details.

Camping’s radio company spent more than $100 million publicizing the evangelist’s Rapture prediction over the past seven years. When it didn’t happen on May 21, Camping was widely mocked and he called it “a very difficult time.”

He has insisted that his prediction was correct and said the end would become apparent on October 21 instead.

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