Rapture predictor Harold Camping suffers stroke

Harold Camping speaks during a taping of his show “Open Forum” in Oakland, Calif., May 23, 2011 – two days after the 89-year-old had said the Earth would end. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) 

(CBS News)

Last Updated 2:38 p.m. ET

Harold Camping, the Family Radio minister who inaccurately predicted that the world would experience Judgment Day last May 21, has suffered a stroke.

Camping, the 89-year-old head of the Oakland-based evangelical media company, suffered a stroke on Thursday night after a radio broadcast and was taken to a local hospital, according to a message posted on a Family Radio-oriented Yahoo group by Charlie Menut, station manager of Family Radio affiliate WFME.

In related news. Agence France-Presse is reporting a Malwai man has plead guilty to circulating false documents, after handing out fliers published by Camping’s Family Radio that predicted the Rapture would take place on May 21.

Saduki Mwambene, 39, was arrested in April for distributing false documents “that threatened the peace and security of citizens,” according to an official at the magistrate’s court in Chitipa district, Malawi.

Mwambene was granted bail and was ordered to report back after May 21 to ensure the information was false.

At a hearing Saturday, he pleaded guilty and was given a six-month suspended sentence. The official said Mwambene was repentant and said he would never again be influenced by “false prophets,”

 

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