Some three weeks after his promise of a 5/21/11 Doomsday rapture event that never happened, Family Radio president and radio evangelist Harold Camping has been hospitalized after suffering a stroke at his Alameda, CA home 6/9. The 89-year-old president of his Oakland, CA nonprofit was taken by ambulance from his house a neighbor said, but his voice may never be the same.
“He had a stroke, it was on his right side,” the neighbor told the Oakland Tribune, and said she and her husband helped and comforted Camping’s wife, Shirley, as he was being treated for the stroke.
Her husband spoke again with Shirley Camping on Friday. “His speech appears to be a little bit slurred but otherwise he’s OK,” the neighbor said. “[Shirley] said he was doing good…and the only thing that’s affected is his speech.”
Charles Menut, regional manager for Family Stations Inc., Family Radio’s parent, and the station manager and chief engineer for an affiliate in West Orange, N.J. — posted a Yahoo group message early Saturday morning reporting Camping’s stroke to Family Radio supporters: “Please just pray for him and do not try to contact anyone at his home or Family Radio,” Menut wrote. “He and Shirley have enough family members to handle the situation. I’m sure we’ll be able to publicly update everyone on Monday.”
Family Radio, which O&Os 70 radio stations, spent more than $100 million over the past seven years publicizing the Rapture. Billboards guaranteeing the end of the world were present throughout the world. When Doomsday didn’t occur, Camping told reporters that the world would instead end 10/21/11 and argued that despite no physical evidence to the contrary, his POV was correct.