Rev. Jerry Falwell Dies at 73

On Tuesday, the Rev. Jerry Falwell died at age 73. Falwell was a leading Christian conservative televangelist, best known recently for his controversial views on social issues in America.

Falwell was discovered without a pulse in his office at Liberty on Tuesday morning and was pronounced dead at a hospital about an hour later. Dr. Carl Moore, Falwell's physician, said he had a heart condition and presumably died of a heart rhythm abnormality. His funeral was set for Tuesday.

Falwell founded the Moral Majority and became the face of the religious right in the 1980s and later founded the conservative Liberty University and served as its president. READ MORE

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Here's What FOX Fans Are Saying:

"The country may have lost a controversial political figure, but the thousands of us who attend Thomas Road Baptist Church have lost our pastor. I will remember Jerry Falwell for the inspiration and encouragement he spoke from the pulpit. He was an amazing man who accomplished so much in his lifetime. He will be greatly missed." — Lauren

"Unfortunately, although allegedly far more loving and tolerant in private, Falwell will be remembered by many for being the public face of attempts to deny to many of his fellow citizens the same rights to liberty, freedom of expression and the pursuit of happiness which he and the fellow members of the Christian Right celebrated when applied to themselves." — Dave

"I know he will be remembered as a hero for the Christian community. He was not afraid to speak out. He accomplished a lot in his lifetime." — Patricia (Iowa)

"I think Rev. Falwell was a great man with morals. He stood up when others didn't and wasn't one to speak badly of people, just their sin. I hope that is how most people will see him." — Becki (Arkansas)

"What the public often did not see, was that Dr. Falwell was a pastor first, and a public figure second. I know because I have visited his church, and seen it for myself. The ministries he built are evidence that he was not just talk, and truly cared for people in need. More than anything, his priority was to love others, because he wanted them to know the love of Christ." — Julie (Tallahassee, TN)

"I think everyone forgets that it was Falwell that almost single-handedly brought down the PTL Ministries. His accomplishments overall do overshadow that event, but it was significant and a huge deal at the time. It is something I will never forget." — Jeff (Saratoga, NY)

"Reverend Falwell was a true soldier of the lord in a morally and ethically challenging time. It truly is America's loss to lose such a clear-minded crusader for a world more pure and free and rid of so many ills. I fear that the debauchers that the Reverend so rightly and righteously opposed will be able to extend their amoral influence over our country's affairs even more than they already have." — Jeff (Omaha, NE)

"Moral Majority. Though even some Christians did not agree with all of his issues, he motivated Christians to become active in politics and vote by our morals rather than our pocket books." — Craig (Rowlett, TX )

"For some he'll be remembered as a great Christian leader; for others like me, he'll be remembered as a man who preached intolerance towards others while continuing to do what Christians and religious people do in general, which is to put forth that their ideas and beliefs are the only right way to live and anyone else that lives differently is wrong and going to hell." — Isaac (Indiana)

"He was a great Godly man and was inspirational in getting Christians to stand up and be counted." — Alexander (Texas)

"I hope people realize how outrageous and damaging his views were. He blamed minorities and 'sinners' for all of the world's problems, when in reality, that kind of prejudice attitude and hate is what really causes war and keeps us from world peace." — Brion (Minnesota)

"Falwell will be remembered as a bigot who preached intolerance. His blaming of 9/11 on homosexuals and abortionists will long be representative of this. He could have preached a message of hope to millions, but instead used a tragedy to preach hate." — James (New York, NY)

"My daughter attends Liberty University. Dr. Falwell was not just a name on campus; he was available and visible to the students. The students loved him. He was funny, hard working and inspired 'his kids.' He will very much be missed. What a blessing this man has been. What an awesome University. Love him or hate him he is true to God's Word." — Terry (Camden, DE)

"To me, Falwell does not epitomize or even resemble what a preacher or minister should represent. I found him judgmental, divisive, self-righteous, arrogant and intolerant." — Mary (Ocoee, FL)

"He believed in the Lord, he preached the Lord's message to the world, and he was not afraid to speak the truth. He preached the Bible from cover to cover. He never wavered. He fought a good fight and finished the race." — Barb

"While Jerry Falwell was a man who tried to lead people in faith, I'm afraid that his misguided remarks and teachings may have led many people to become as bigoted as he was. He was a man who stood for segregation and spoke out against the Brown vs. The Board of Education ruling. His comments after 9/11 further exposed the fact that he was a self-righteous man who felt morally superior to anyone else. It's those actions and statements that outweigh any generosity he gave to the religious community. Being a leader is important; but even more important is leading your followers along a decent path of love and acceptance, instead of harsh and unfair judgment upon anyone who lives life differently than yourself. He was not an evil man, he was misguided." — Rob (Chicago, IL)

"I think Jerry Falwell was an important religious leader and a man of great conviction and faith. Rev. Falwell like the rest of society made mistakes and said things he would later regret. Let any of us who have not done the same thing cast the first stone. Rev. Falwell will be remembered by many as a man who genuinely cared about others and his desire in life was to serve his Savior Jesus Christ to the best of his own human ability." — Elizabeth

"Thank God for men like Jerry who had the courage to stand up and tell it like it is and encourage fellow Christians to do the same. He moved some of the silent majority to take a public stand!" — VG

"Farwell will be remembered as the pompous, arrogant person that he was." — Paul (Grand Rapids, MI)

"I think over all most Americans will remember Jerry for his compassion and high moral standards. He was a man who saw his country, a country he loved, being torn apart by immorality, social decay, homosexuality, promiscuity, and a whole host of other unacceptable behaviors, and decided to try to do something about it. I find it absolutely appalling however, how ignorant and outright callous the left wing anti-religion fanatics, and the pro-Gay agenda fanatics can be towards a man simply because he stood for higher social and moral standards for America. That is a telling picture of the evil and destructive forces at work within our own society that are determined to tear us apart. Jerry's legacy will live on in the form of his college, and those who he was able to touch and guide through life on the correct path of doing what was right against ever surmounting odds of the left wing fanatics." — David (Delaware)

"Most of all, Jerry will be remembered first as a man of God. Secondly, he will be remembered for getting Ronald Reagan elected and for his stand on Morals of this country." — Alvin

"Mr. Falwell gave careful consideration to what the Bible says about how God expects us to live our lives. Unfortunately, our modern culture, for the most part, could care less. These are the real heroes." — Donnie

"As a 'fundamentalist' Christian having grown up in legalism, I have always had a hard time with what I perceived to be his legalism. But say what you will about Jerry Falwell, he was a man of courage and conviction and in this day of fence-sitting and political correctness that is something to be admired." — Sherry

"He will be remembered only in the short term. His legacy will be one of intolerance and bigotry." — MM

“Jerry Falwell fought for everyone to see that immorality that was invading this country. God bless him and his family.” — Vickie (Texas)

“Falwell was despised by many because he stood for what was morally right. Today in America, if you stand for what is morally right, you are wrong; and if you stand for what is wrong, then you are right! Our society is totally upside down.” — Toney (Huntington, WV)

“The Reverend Jerry Fallwell was a person who, at the early age of nineteen, turned his life over to God without any reservations. He followed that Holy Grail the remainder of his life and God honored and blessed him.” — LeRoy

“Jerry Falwell is likely to be remembered for his political accomplishments, but the most important accomplishments are his preaching and Christian university.” — Frank

“Mr. Jerry Falwell will be remembered by Americans, along with President Ronald Reagan, as the true conservative leaders of the late 20th century. His legacy is one of inclusion and temperance with a strong voice for those that love liberty and right living. May he rest in peace with the Lord.” — Ken

“I think he will be remember as the primary Christian who brought the evils of abortion to the forefront and more importantly, that he and his church were standing ready to help anyone who found themselves in an 'unwanted' or 'unplanned' pregnancy.” — Maggie (Downey, CA)

“Jerry did what he could to make our country a better place for all of our people.” — T (Cambridge, Ohio)

“I graduated from Liberty University in 2003 and have a sister graduating this weekend. I am in total shock; Jerry was like a great big grandpa/teddy bear to all the students and was always laughing and joking around. He lit a fire in me to make a difference in this country and be involved in the political process. I didn't always agree with him, and would laugh at some of the situations he'd get in with the media, but it was kind of like family — I can talk about him, but I'll be the first to defend him if anyone else talks about him. We have lost a great leader and I am very thankful to have had his influence in my life, even from a distance.” — Jaoni (Strasburg, VA)