Notable Deaths Elsewhere

July 31, 2009

FREDERICK EIKERENKOETTER II, 74

Televangelist known as 'Reverend Ike'

The Rev. Frederick J. Eikerenkoetter II, who preached the gospel of material prosperity to millions nationwide as Reverend Ike, died Tuesday.

Mr. Eikerenkoetter died in Los Angeles, family spokesman Bishop E. Bernard Jordan told The New York Times. Bishop Jordan said Reverend Ike suffered a stroke in 2007 and never fully recovered. At his United Church Science of Living Institute in New York, Reverend Ike preached the power of what he called "positive self-image psychology" to his 5,000 parishioners. In the 1970s, he was one of the first evangelists to reach an audience of millions through television.

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