Trinity Broadcasting Network founder Jan Crouch dead at 78
Televangelist Jan Crouch, who co-founded the Trinity Broadcasting Network with her husband more than four decades ago, has died just days after she suffered a stroke.
ORLANDO (AP) — Televangelist Jan Crouch, who co-founded the Trinity Broadcasting Network with her husband more than four decades ago, has died just days after she suffered a stroke.
Crouch, instantly recognizable for her mountain of blonde hair, warm smile and long eyelashes, was 78.
Her family made the announcement Tuesday on the California-based Trinity Broadcasting Network's website.
A spokesman for the network didn't immediately return a phone call.
Jan Crouch and her husband, Paul, started the network in 1973 by renting air time on an independent California station. Trinity officials say its programming is now carried by over 5,000 television stations. TBN bills itself as the world's largest Christian television network.
The network announced last week that Crouch had suffered a stroke in the Orlando area.
A statement from Matt and Laurie Crouch reads:
"Laurie and I have just watched the transition of our precious Mother from this world to the next; watched her step into the presence of Jesus and into her heavenly reward. Jan Crouch, known around the world as Momma Jan, has gone home.
"Those who battled for the Kingdom of God knew her as a fighter — someone who didn’t give up, someone who fought relentlessly to get the Gospel around the world.
"Jan Crouch loved many things, but most of all she loved Jesus, and now has seen Him face to face and has experienced His grace in fullness.
"She has taken a piece of our hearts with her, but it’s so wonderful to know that Paul and Jan Crouch are together again, in the arms of Jesus."