Doomsday Preacher Harold Camping Dies at 92

Tuesday, Dec 17, 2013  |  Updated 2:43 PM EDT
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In this May 23, 2011 photo, Harold Camping speaks during a taping of his show Open Forum in Oakland, Calif. Camping, the California radio preacher who predicted that the end of the world would take place last month, has suffered a stroke. The Oakland Tribune reports that 89-year-old Camping was hospitalized after suffering the stroke Thursday, June 9, 2011, at his Alameda home. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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The California preacher who used his evangelical radio network and thousands of billboards to broadcast the end of the world has died at age 92, NBC News has confirmed.

Family Radio Network marketing manager Nina Romero said Harold Camping died at his home on Sunday. She said he had been hospitalized after falling.

Camping was a retired civil engineer who first predicted the Rapture would happen in September 1994. When Judgment Day didn't come to pass, he blamed it on a mathematical error.

After his second failed prediction in May 2011, the preacher again revised his prophecy, saying he had been off by five months.

Camping said he felt so terrible after the cataclysmic event didn't occur in October 2011 either that he took refuge in a motel.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Camping graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1942 and started a construction business shortly after the end of World War II, according to his nonprofit's website.

He founded his Oakland-based ministry in 1958.
 

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