TB Joshua dead – Nigerian pastor and televangelist passes away aged 57 days before his birthday

NIGERIAN pastor and televangelist Temitope Balogun Joshua has died aged 57.

He died shortly after a live broadcast yesterday, and a post on his Facebook page read: "God has taken His servant."

Joshua founded the Synagogue, Church of All Nations.

Thousands of people attended Joshua's services in Lagos, Nigeria including politicians from across Africa.

However, his teachings were controversial, with YouTube suspending his account over allegations of hate speech.

A complaint was made regarding his videos showing him conducting prayers to "cure" gay people.

Facebook almost removed one of his videos which showed him slapping a woman as he claimed he was removing a "demonic spirit".

Followers paid tribute to him on social media, with one saying: "The passing of my brother TB Joshua saddens me deeply."

Another said: "TB Joshua was someone who actually touched the lives of many poor people."

Joshua ran the Christian TV station Emmanuel TV and often visited Africa, the US, the UK and South America.

One of his churches collapsed in 2014, killing at least 116 people.

A coroner said "the church was culpable because of criminal negligence", but he wasn't charged.

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