Harold Camping, the radio preacher who incorrectly predicted that the Rapture would happen last month, has reportedly been hospitalized after suffering a stroke.
According to the Oakland Tribune, a neighbor said the 89-year-old president of the Oakland nonprofit Family Radio network was taken by ambulance from his home on Thursday night.
"He had a stroke, it was on his right side," said the neighbor, who declined to give her name.
Charles Menut, the regional manager for Family Stations Inc., Family Radio's parent company, alerted supporters via a message he posted to a Yahoo group, according to the Oakland Tribune.
"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."
Camping sparked a frenzy among his followers when he prophesied that the world would come to an end on May 21.Video: End of world predicted to happen 'at suppertime' (on this page)
The prediction gained traction in part due to Camping's considerable wealth. According to the Oakland Tribune, Family Radio spent more than $100 million over the past seven years publicizing the Rapture.
In addition, the fundamentalist preacher's followers donated millions of dollars to to the cause, and in the days before the advertised date, volunteers gathered across the nation to spread the message.
As the calendar closed in on the date, supporters' views divided families and sent the Internet into a tizzy. But in the end, the whole affair fizzled when everyone remained firmly affixed to this Earth.Video: Breaking non-news: We’re still here (on this page)
Camping told the San Francisco Chronicle he was "flabbergated" that the Rapture failed to materialize. He reportedly described the no-show as a "really tough weekend."
Camping has since offered October 21 as a new date for the Rapture.
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