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Pat Robertson, televangelist pioneer of US religious right, Dies

PAT Robertson, the fire-and-brimstone televangelist who brought the religious right wing into the mainstream of US politics, died on Thursday at the age of 93, his organization announced.

The veteran TV host, religious broadcaster and one-time presidential candidate died at his home in Virginia Beach, according to a statement from the Christian Broadcasting Network.

“His greatest treasure in life was knowing Jesus Christ and having the privilege of proclaiming Him and His power to others,” CBN said in a statement.

An avuncular presence on the daily talk show he started in 1966 — “The 700 Club,” which is still on air today — Robertson was a master at using the media to promote deeply conservative Christian values, including fiery sermons against gay rights.

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