Ravi Zacharias, a renowned Christian evangelist, and bestselling author died yesterday Tuesday morning at his home in Atlanta after a brief battle with sarcoma, a rare form of cancer, Fox News has confirmed. He was 74.
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The popular author, speaker, and founder of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) spent the greater part of his life defending and preaching about Christ Jesus after becoming a Christian while facing suicide at the age of 17.
Zacharias was a frequent guest on Fox News Channel discussing issues of faith. He was born in Chennai, India, in 1946, and immigrated to Canada, where he began his studies in theology, before moving to the United States, according to his online obituary.
In 1984, at age 38, he founded Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, RZIM with the mission of “helping the thinker believe and the believer think”. His ministry now employs nearly 100 Christian scholars and authors in 15 countries.
Through his radio program, “Let My People Think,” he reached more than 2,000 stations in 32 countries and has written 28 books, including, “Can Man Live Without God?” and his latest book, “Seeing Jesus from the East.”
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Margie, his three children, and several grandchildren.
“It was his Savior, Jesus Christ, that my dad always wanted most to talk about,” Sarah Davis, CEO of RZIM, said in a statement to Fox News.
“Even in his final days, until he lacked the energy and breath to speak, he turned every conversation to Jesus and what the Lord had done,” she added. “He perpetually marveled that God took a 17-year-old skeptic, defeated in hopelessness and unbelief, and called him into a life of glorious hope and belief in the truth of Scripture—a message he would carry across the globe for 48 years.”