Televangelist Jerry Falwell Dead At 73
Conservative televangelist Jerry Falwell died of a heart attack Tuesday in Lynchburg, VA. In his broadcasts, he warned of efforts by broadcasters to "promote homosexuality" and his organization's newsletter accused the kids series the TeleTubbies of attempting to brainwash them early. (The TMZ gossip website marked Falwell's death by posting a picture of a waving TeleTubby.) He clashed frequently with porn mogul Larry Flynt and sued Flynt for slander when Flynt's Hustler magazine satirically suggested that Flynt had sex with his mother. (Falwell lost the law suit when it came before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1988.) Hearing of Falwell's death, Flynt sent a statement to the Access Hollywood magazine show saying, "I hated everything he stood for, but after meeting him in person, years after the trial, Jerry Falwell and I became good friends ... and we would debate together on college campuses. I always appreciated his sincerity even though I knew what he was selling and he knew what I was selling."