TB Joshua Ministries said on Sunday the Nigerian evangelist has died at the age of 57, a week before his birthday.
The Lagos-based Joshua, born June 12 1963, died on Saturday of an undisclosed illness.
The organisation’s statement said: “God has taken his servant Prophet TB Joshua home – as it should be by divine will. His last moments on Earth were spent in the service of God. This is what he was born for, lived for and died for.”
“The Synagogue, Church of All Nations and Emmanuel TV Family appreciate your love, prayers and concern at this time and request a time of privacy for the family.”
Joshua was a controversial, self-proclaimed prophet. Many had called for him to be held accountable after the September 2014 collapse of his church, the Synagogue of All Nations, when more than 80 South Africans died.
In July 2015, a coroner’s inquest found the collapse was a result of negligence. Some of the families accepted cash payments in compensation while others lodged lawsuits.
More recently, his YouTube account was shut down after he claimed to “cure” gay congregants of their homosexuality during one of his sermons.
Last year, Joshua falsely claimed he could “flush out” Covid-19.
The news of T.B. Joshua’s death came as a shock to many. Several people have been expressing their thoughts on Twitter and Instagram.
What happened to T.B. Joshua?
A cause of death has not been revealed so far. We will update the article once the family releases a statement. However, T.B. Joshua’s friend Femi Fani-Kayode shed some light on his death and confirmed the news.
He wrote: “The passing of my brother TB Joshua saddens me deeply. At 3.00 am this morning I was told by one of his daughters that this was fake news & I tweeted as much. Sadly I was misled. 5 minutes ago the same person called me & confirmed the story.”
Several people have been expressing their thoughts on T.B. Joshua’s death. Many shared their memories about him on Twitter. One user wrote: “T.B. Joshua !! What a Prophet! What a giver! I am so heartbroken, he touched so many lives. May you rest in the bosom of the Lord and Fly High wither the Angels.”
Another added: “The popular man of God, Prophet T.B Joshua has gone to be with the Lord. He was a good man who always wanted to lift a lot of people out of poverty. May God comfort the family. RIP.”