December 17th, 2013
01:43 PM ET

Radio preacher who predicted doomsday dies

(CNN) - The broadcast preacher who predicted the world would end in 2011 and spread his doomsday message through billboards and RV caravans has died, according to a statement from his Family Radio network.

Harold Camping died Sunday afternoon after suffering a fall in his home on November 30, the statement said. He had suffered a stroke in June 2011, a few weeks after his doomsday date came and went.

He died at age 92, an operator at Family Radio said.

"He passed away peacefully in his home, with his family at his side," the statement said. Camping is survived by his wife of 71 years, Shirley.

For months in early 2011, Camping predicted that Jesus Christ would return to the earth on May 21 that year, and that a select 2% to 3% of the world’s population would be raptured, or taken to heaven.

Those left behind would face months of tribulation before perishing in the Earth's destruction, which Camping said would happen on October 21, 2011.

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When his May 21 prediction failed to pan out, Camping took the radio airwaves to say that he had misinterpreted the nature of the rapture but that the world would still end on October 21.

The following year, Camping admitted he was wrong and said he was getting out of the forecasting business.

"We humbly acknowledge we were wrong," Camping and his staff members wrote in a letter to supporters posted on Family Radio's website in March 2012.

"We must also openly acknowledge that we have no new evidence pointing to another date for the end of the world. Though many dates are circulating, Family Radio has no interest in even considering another date."

Camping founded Family Radio, a nonprofit Christian radio network with about 65 stations across the country, in 1958. It received $80 million in contributions between 2005 and 2009.

He first inaccurately predicted the world would end in 1994. Despite his poor track record, he had gathered many followers. Some gave up their homes, entire life savings and jobs because they believed the world was ending.

- CNN Belief Blog

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soundoff (1,057 Responses)
  1. Keith


    January 13, 2014 at 1:02 am |
  2. Keith


    January 8, 2014 at 12:09 am |
  3. Jennifer Edmonds

    Repent Forgive and Love Everyone ..Do the works of the Lord.Tell somebody about Jesus.Alot of people don't know Jesus. Tell them How Jesus died for the remission of our sins.Tell them How much God Loves Us All. Tell someone or anyone How Good our God is .You can tell them in Hebrew Muslim Christian Chinese American African I don't care but tell them about Jesus so their souls can be saved and pray they turn from their wicked ways..

    January 2, 2014 at 10:39 am |
  4. Jennifer Edmonds

    No man know the day or the hour of the coming of our lord Jesus You just have to be ready everyday and wash yourself in the blood of Jesus everyday God awakes you.

    January 2, 2014 at 10:20 am |
    • Ken Margo

      "You just have to be ready everyday and wash yourself in the blood of Jesus everyday God awakes you."

      Wash myself in blood! Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwww

      January 2, 2014 at 5:00 pm |
  5. True Guidance

    When will this last day come, we are not told about that hour. ALLAH swt says in Holy Quran:
    An-Nazi'aat (79):42-46

    "They ask you (O Muhammad sal-Allaahu 'alayhe wa sallam) about the Hour, – when will be its appointed time? You have no knowledge to say anything about it, To your Lord belongs (the knowledge of) the term thereof? You (O Muhammad sal-Allaahu 'alayhe wa sallam) are only a warner for those who fear it, The Day they see it, (it will be) as if they had not tarried (in this world) except an afternoon or a morning."

    December 31, 2013 at 1:12 am |
    • Ken Margo


      December 31, 2013 at 3:00 pm |
  6. True Guidance

    Al-A'raaf (7):187
    "They ask you about the Hour (Day of Resurrection): 'When will be its appointed time?' Say: 'The knowledge thereof is with my Lord (Alone). None can reveal its time but He. Heavy is its burden through the heavens and the earth. It shall not come upon you except all of a sudden.' They ask you as if you have a good knowledge of it. Say: 'The knowledge thereof is with Allaah (Alone) but most of mankind know not."

    The knowledge of the final moment is known none other than ALLAH swt. But all prophets came and warned their nations about the last day. The last hour will come all of a sudden without any warning and everything will be destroyed. Muhammad s.a.w.w has told us some signs of the qayamah that are divided into two categories, the major signs and the minor signs. Even Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.w did not know the exact time of the Day of Judgment but He knew that that time is near as mentioned in Quran.

    December 31, 2013 at 12:39 am |
    • Ken Margo


      December 31, 2013 at 3:55 pm |
  7. Ken Margo

    Maybe camping was trying to predict the end of "his" world. I noticed he never gave the money back for his "predictions". Sadly more will follow in his foot steps because it's all about the money. Did anyone wonder why people give money to guys like camping? If the world is going to end, where will he spend it?

    December 30, 2013 at 5:19 pm |
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