Tuesday, May 15, 2007
The Mighty Have Fallen
Crusading televangelist and father of the Christian Right, Jerry Falwell, has passed away.
CNN is reporting that Falwell was found unresponsive in his Liberty University office and despite aggressive resuscitative measures, could not be revived.
Falwell founded the Moral Majority in 1979 and is a nationally known voice for conservative Christian views.
The Associated Press reported that Dr. Carl Moore, Falwell's physician, said the evangelist had a heart rhythm abnormality. Most likely, this is atrial fibrillation for which Falwell probably took a blood thinner, i.e. warfarin (Coumadin).
While this may not have helped things, a-fib was almost certainly not the cause of death. Much more likely was the pastor’s history of coronary disease for which he had a stent placed in 2005.
When someone dies suddenly it is typically classified as a sudden cardiac death (SCD) and SCDs are usually the result of a very fast and unstable heart rhythm like ventricular tachycardia (VT) or ventricular fibrillation (VF).