End-times author and evangelist Tim LaHaye died in a San Diego hospital Monday at the age of 90 from complications of a stroke.
LaHaye said remarks by a minister after his father died of a heart attack, when LaHaye was 9 years old, and the hope they provided, helped shape his future career.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was among many sharing condolences.
Remembering Dr. Tim LaHaye – a dedicated servant of the Lord & visionary leader. Heidi and I are praying for Beverly & their family today.
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) July 25, 2016
LaHaye served in the Air Force and became a pastor at churches in South Carolina and Minnesota before arriving in San Diego. He took the reigns of Scott Memorial Baptist Church, which eventually expanded to three locations, including what is now Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon.
He founded a pair of Christian high schools and San Diego Christian College, which was located in El Cajon until a recent move.
The 16-book “Left Behind” book series, co-authored with Jerry B. Jenkins, has sold more than 80 million copies since its 1995 debut, according to LaHaye’s website.
“Thrilled as I am that he is where he has always wanted to be, his departure leaves a void in my soul I don’t expect to fill until I see him again,” Jenkins said. “Writing the ‘Left Behind’ novel series for him and traveling with him all over the country to promote it, I saw the softer side of a man known for strong opinions and polemic views.”
Funeral services were pending for LaHaye, who is survived by his wife, Beverly, four children, nine grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, a brother and a sister.
More coverage and comments, some critical:
Just learned of Tim LaHaye's going to be w/the Lord. A great man of God w/convictions of steel. Praying for Beverly and the family.
— James Merritt (@drjamesmerritt) July 25, 2016
— Thomas S. Kidd (@ThomasSKidd) July 25, 2016
"He was a true Biblical scholar with a fascinating intellect and a deep love for his wife and children." https://t.co/vAv7HdRWiU
— Religion NewsService (@RNS) July 25, 2016
— Patheos Evangelical (@PatheosEvang) July 25, 2016
'Left Behind' author Tim LaHaye dies at 90. Never n his presence that I was not blessed. Helped by his writings. RIP https://t.co/94qnmsFymh
— Johnny Hunt (@johnnymhunt) July 25, 2016
Will never forget the afternoon I spent with Tim LaHaye. What a great man! Enjoy paradise, Pastor!
— Zachary Freeman (@ZacharyGFreeman) July 25, 2016
— LiberalValuesNetwork (@lordxmen2k) July 25, 2016
— City News Service
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