Televangelist Tammy Faye Messner Dead at 65

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Former televangelist Tammy Faye Messner has
died after battling cancer. She was 65.

As Tammy Faye Bakker, she helped her husband, Jim, build a multi-million-dollar evangelism empire and then saw it collapse in disgrace.

They divorced after 30 years of marriage while he was in prison for defrauding millions of followers of their television ministries.

Bakker says his ex-wife "is now in Heaven with her mother, grandmother and Jesus Christ, the one who she loves and has served
from childbirth."

She married Roe Messner in 1993.

Messner's agent says she died at her North Carolina home on
Friday. Her family held a private ceremony Saturday where her ashes
were interred.

Messner appeared this week in an interview with CNN's Larry King, looking emaciated. She had battled colon cancer since 1996
that more recently spread to her lungs.