TYLER, Texas (AP) — Evangelist Garner Ted Armstrong, who founded two ministries after being excommunicated from his father's Worldwide Church of God for raising allegations of lavish spending, has died at age 73.
Armstrong died Monday from complications of pneumonia.
"I know that my dad fully expected that his work will continue, and we all have an enormous responsibility to make certain that his work has not been in vain, and that his voice will not be silenced," his son Mark Armstrong said in a statement.
Garner Ted Armstrong was the heir apparent to the Pasadena, Calif.-based church founded by his father, Herbert W. Armstrong, until the two had a falling out in 1978. The elder Armstrong accused his son of trying to put him aside, take over the church and move its Ambassador College to Texas.