Tim LaHaye, pastor and co-author of the best-
selling Left Behind book series, has died at age 90
following a severe stroke.
LaHaye became a notable name in End Times
literature when he co-authored alongside Jerry B.
Jenkins the 16-book series which sold over 50
In an announcement posted Monday on LaHaye’s
Facebook page, it was reported that the pastor and
author died at a San Diego hospital.
Jerry B. Jenkins, co-author of the Left Behind
books, said in a statement regarding LaHaye’s
passing that Tim was a “spiritual giant.”
“Thrilled as I am that he is where he has always
wanted to be, his departure leaves a void in my
soul I don’t expect to fill until I see him again,” said Jenkins.
“If Tim was missing from the autograph table or the
green room of a network television show, he was
likely in a corner praying with someone he’d just
met — from a reader to a part-time bookstore stock
clerk to a TV network anchorman.”
Based off of the book of Revelation, the series
followed the events of the end of the world as seen
through the experiences of people who remained
on earth following the Rapture.
The first of the LaHaye and Jenkins series was
released in 1995 and by 2002 the series had sold
approximately 50 million copies.
“English teacher Donna Camby, of Pacolet, South
Carolina, made the historic purchase of the 50
millionth copy at Christian Supply in Spartanburg
during a packed booksigning of more than 700
Left Behind fans,” noted leftbehind.com.
“The Left Behind series from Tyndale House
Publishers is the fastest-selling adult series and the
all-time best-selling Christian novels.”
The success of the Left Behind books led to multiple
movie adaptions, including a 2014 version starring
Nicolas Cage and directed by Vic Armstrong.
The Left Behind series was not without its critics, as
some Christian leaders and churches took
exception with the moral and spiritual message of
the fiction works.
On Sunday, July 24, the group Prophecy Watchers
posted a message on Facebook explaining that
LaHaye had experienced a severe stroke.
“We received some … very sad news this morning.
Tim LaHaye has had a very bad stroke and may not
recover,” read the Facebook post. “Tim has been a friend and supporter of our ministry from our
launch day almost two years ago.”
Within 24 hours, the Facebook post about LaHaye
received over 400 likes, more than 560 shares, and
hundreds of comments, with many offering
Though most known for the Left Behind series,
LaHaye also wrote many volumes of nonfiction
works, as noted by his official website.
“LaHaye has written more than 60 non-fiction
books on a wide range of subjects such as: family
life, temperaments, sexual adjustment, Bible
prophecy, the will of God, Jesus Christ, and secular
humanism with over 14 million in print, some of
which have been translated into 32 foreign languages,” according to his website.
“His writings are best noted for their easy-to-
understand and scripturally based application of
biblical principles that assist in facing and handling
the challenges of life.”
LaHaye is survived by his wife Beverly of nearly 70
years, four children, nine grandchildren, and