‘Rapture’ Pastor Harold Camping Suffers Stroke

Harold Camping, the 89-year-old Family Radio pastor who predicted that 'The Rapture' was coming on May 21 and then revised his date to October 21, suffered a stroke late last week, the Oakland Tribune reported:


"He had a stroke, it was on his right side," said the neighbor, who declined to give her name but said she and her husband helped and comforted Camping's wife, Shirley, as the drama unfolded Thursday night.

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."



  1. MikeInSanJose says


    Exactly what I was thinking…

    Sympathies to his family, but perhaps if he spent more time preaching a message of peace and love, like in the Christian Bible (you know, the book that teaches about Christ)…

    ’nuff said.

  2. says

    For all the trouble he caused, I still can’t find it in my heart to laugh at somebody for being hospitalized. We are all human beings after all, and it’s not like he promoted hatred and evil. He was just outright naive. I do agree however that the timing with his rapture prediction is quite ironic.

  3. anon says

    The whole notion of the world ending is sort of a death inversion — not you — everyone else dies. Particularly when you add the Rapture on top of it. So, it’s a delusional ploy to get around the psychological consequences of dying. Camping has been probably struggling with various health problems for years.

  4. ohplease says

    “…it’s not like he promoted hatred and evil. He was just outright naive.”

    It’s not “naive” to think that a god is going to destroy the world on a specific date, it’s insane.

    It’s hateful and evil to use your communications empire to convince other insane and simply stupid people that a god is going to destroy the world on a specific date.

    That’s not a prank. People who believed him destroyed their own lives by spending their life savings, euthanizing their pets, quitting their jobs, being ostracized from society and much, much more because of his hatred and evil. There are people who are undoubtedly suicidal now because of him. Maybe there have been people who actually committed suicide because of him. And all because of an insane belief that some god loves only certain people and condemns others to an eternity of torture.

    If that’s not hatred and evil, what is?

  5. alexInBoston says

    Obviously counting all the Thousands of Dollars he made off this rapture caused him too much excitement and his system overloaded!! Or as someone above indicated, it was the Lord telling him to STFU!!!!

  6. Angela Channing says

    I can’t get it in my heart to laugh at somebody for being hospitalized because the moment I do, I will be hit by a bus or mauled to death by pack of hungry alligators. Yes, it is all about me. LOL.

  7. MadM@ says


    To be insane is not to be hateful and evil- He represented a smaller fraction of christians that believed a date could be put on the rapture, but there are enough people that legitimately believe in the concept of the rapture that it is, unfortunately, not that insane by popular belief

    Insanity isn’t an absolute, it is a group consensus. Not saying anything this guy did was right by my opinion, but it wasn’t hateful and evil. Everyone that gave up their goods to him did it under their own free will.

  8. says

    Harold Camping sounds like he plagiarized Jehovah’s Witnesses.
    Jehovah Witnesses are a spin-off of the second Adventist which all came from the Millerite movement.American war of 1812 army captain William Miller is ground zero for Jehovah’s Witnesses.
    Yes,the “great disappointment” of Oct 22 1844 has never died out… it lives on in the Jehovah’s Witnesses.
    The central CORE doctrine of the Watchtower,yes the reason the Watchtower came into existence was to declare Jesus second coming in 1914.When the prophecy (derived from William Miller of 1842) failed they said that he came “invisibly”.
    Watchtower reckless predictions of the (1914) (1975)….. second coming of Christ hardens skeptics in their unbelief and provides new fodder for cynics to mock the Christian faith.

    Danny Haszard been there

  9. says

    He raptured a blood vessel while waiting for the countdown, with Blondie’s “Rapture” playing in the background. Adults who believed him deserve what they got. The bad news is children are involved, not to mention innocent pets and other domestic animals

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