7.26.16: Tim LaHaye dies following stroke
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Rev. Tim LaHaye, co-author of the best-selling “Left Behind” series that brought end-times prophecy into mainstream bookstores, has died at the age of 90.
LaHaye died Monday in a San Diego, California, hospital, days after suffering a stroke, according to his publicist.
Co-authored with Jerry Jenkins, the 16-volume “Left Behind” series of novels sold more than 80 million copies and popularized a Bible interpretation that said born-again Christians will be instantly taken to God in the rapture, while those left behind on earth endure seven years of tribulation.
LaHaye was a key figure in conservative political groups, encouraging the Rev. Jerry Falwell to create the Moral Majority and, along with his wife, Beverly, starting Concerned Women for America in 1979 as an alternative to liberal feminist organizations.