This is unconfirmed. Not even on the wires yet. But a reliable source just informed me Dr. D. James Kennedy passed away this morning. More forthcoming.
Update, 9:17a: Just called Coral Ridge Ministries. They are unaware. Holding for confirmation from someone.
Update, 9:29a: Confirmed, Sun-Sentinel….
Conservative leader the Rev. D. James Kennedy died Wednesday morning, sources at his Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church reported today.
The pastor died “peacefully, in his sleep, at home” around 3 a.m., according to the Rev. Ronald Siegenthaler, executive minister at the 10,000-member church. By his side was Anne, his wife of five decades.
Kennedy, who also founded a broadcast ministry, a seminary and an annual series of conservative conferences, suffered multiple complications ever since Dec. 28, when he suffered arrhythmia and cardiac arrest.
Update, 9:45a: Dr. Kennedy was a brave and stalwart defender of life. He taught other pastors how to vocally stand against abortion. He asked me to speak at one of his conferences and taped a two-part television show about my experience at Christ Hospital.
Sometime later, I received a heavy box in the mail. In it were 10,000 thank you’s from Coral Ridge parishoners, which was very thoughtful (click to enlarge):
Dr. Kennedy was a pro-life standard-bearer and hero. He will be missed.