LOS ANGELES: Paul Crouch, the US televangelist who founded one of the world’s largest Christian broadcasting networks, died on Saturday aged 79. Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) - the company he set up with his wife Jan - beamed Christian programs over 84 satellite channels and more than 18,000 television and cable affiliates, according to its website. Crouch left his job as general manager of a San Bernardino broadcaster in 1973, then bought and expanded a Californian California television station. His books included “I Had No Father But God,” “Hello World,” “Omega Code,” “Megiddo” and “The Shadow of the Apocalypse.”–Reuters

“His passing followed a decade-long fight with degenerative heart disease,” TBN said on its website.