Christian televangelist and Minister Pat Robertson dies at the age of 93

Pat Robertson, an American media mogul, televangelist, and former Southern Baptist minister, has died at the age of 93 years old. 

His death was announced by the Christian Broadcasting Network, which he founded in 1960. He died on Thursday at his home in Virginia Beach, Va.

He was best known as the founder and chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), which includes the television program "The 700 Club." Robertson retired as host of CBNs flagship program The 700 Club in 2021 at 91.

He was among the first TV executives to invest in satellite, allowing CBN to broadcast its annual telethon across 18 cities and launch 24-hour cable network by 1977. Within a decade, CBN was in 9 million homes.

Robertson was a prominent figure in conservative Christian politics and had a significant influence on evangelical Christianity in the United States. He was responsible for turning Christian conservatives into a powerful constituency that helped Republicans capture Congress in 1994

He was also involved in various business ventures, including education, mining, and media production.

Born Marion Gordon Robertson in 1930, he was nicknamed “Pat” for how his brother would pat his chubby cheeks. His father A. Willis Robertson was a US senator. He attended Washington and Lee University and Yale Law School and he served two years in the Korean War.
Robertson’s wife of 67 years, Dede, died in 2022. He is survived by two sons, two daughters, 14 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren. His son Gordon Robertson is CEO of CBN and the host and executive producer of The 700 Club.

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