Rapture preacher suffers stroke at California home

Harold Camping

June 13, 2011 6:31:51 PM PDT
The California radio preacher who predicted that the end of the world would take place last month is hospitalized following a mild stroke.

Staff at Harold Camping's radio company, Family Stations Inc., reports that the 89-year-old preacher has been recuperating in a local hospital after suffering the stroke on Thursday.

Family Radio's special projects coordinator, Michael Garcia, says Camping's doctors are pleased with his progress, but gave no other details.

Camping's radio company spent more than $100 million publicizing the evangelist's Rapture prediction over the past seven years. When it didn't happen on May 21, Camping was widely mocked and he called it "a very difficult time."

He has insisted that his prediction was correct and said the end would become apparent on October 21 instead.