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Rev Zachery Tims

August 16, 2011 by staff 

Rev Zachery TimsRev Zachery Tims, The death of Zachery Tims, Florida megachurch minister and televangelist, has been controversial.  Although the results of the autopsy came back inconclusive and no criminal activity is suspected, a white powdery substance believed to be marijuana was found in his pocket.

Victims, the popular but controversial minister some mega-church based in Florida New Destiny Christian Center, was found dead in a room at the W Hotel in Times Square, New York, Aug. 12. His body was found by a housekeeper and was pronounced dead at the scene.

An envelope full of white powder was found in his pocket, and police are investigating whether drugs were involved in his death.

Police believe that Tims was alone when he died, because the hotel staff had to break the security lock of the door, which can only be launched from inside the room.

They are also investigating the whereabouts of Tims’ during his stay in New York, and phone calls.

Victims had been in and out of jail as a young man and hoped the center could keep young people away from drugs and crime. A former junkie Tims quit, when saved and called to ministry, according to the website of his church. The church was founded in 1996 and has grown to more than 7,000 members today.

The possibility that he died of drugs is not the only controversy surrounding Tims. In 2009, he divorced his wife of 15 years after admitting having an affair with a stripper.

His ex-wife and four children survive victim.

A prayer service Monday at New Destiny Christian Center drew 2,000 people.

“We lost one of our leaders,” said the Rev. Willie Barnes, while speaking at the service. “His ministry was very, very powerful, especially for young people. He brought a different style of ministry, reaching much of the younger generation, as it was not so traditional.”

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