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Doomsday Preacher Harold Camping Suffers Stroke


"Please just pray for him..."

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ALAMEDA, Calif. (The Blaze/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 89-year-old Harold Camping 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.

However, according to a CBS source, Camping is suffering from slurred speech:

The unnamed neighbor said she had spoken with Camping's wife Shirley on Friday and was told the radio evangelist is doing "OK," although his speech is "a little bit slurred."

Family Radio is expected to give an update on Camping's condition on Monday.

"Please just pray for him and do not try to contact anyone at his home or Family Radio," a regional manager for Camping's radio company said in a statement, according to Foxnews.com.

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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