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Rapture's Biggest Champion, Harold Camping, Suffers Stroke

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California's very own Rapture advocate, Family Radio's Harold Camping, has suffered a stroke and has been hospitalized.

The stroke happened on Thursday, says and was on the 89-year-old's right side. Camping is reportedly doing well, however his speech has been most affected.

Charles Menut -- the regional manager for Family Stations Inc., Family Radio's parent company, and the station manager and chief engineer for an affiliated station in West Orange, N.J. -- posted a Yahoo group message early Saturday morning reporting Camping's stroke to Family Radio supporters. "Please just pray for him and do not try to contact anyone at his home or Family Radio," Menut wrote. "He and Shirley have enough family members to handle the situation. I'm sure we'll be able to publicly update everyone on Monday."

Camping reaches his devotees through his evangelical nonprofit Oakland-based Family Radio program. The organization mounted an extensive national campaign to raise awareness about the May 21st predicted "rapture," and when it didn't actually happen, Camping said, at first, that he was stunned, then followed up with an explanation about a more covert phase of God's judgment that kicked into gear that event-less day.

He has since changed the official date of his prophecy to October 21st, 2011.