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Va. preacher collapses, dies after giving sermon

Tuesday - 2/7/2012, 9:17am  ET

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Members of a Virginia Beach church are mourning the death of their pastor, who collapsed after giving a sermon.

The Virginian-Pilot ( reports that 62-year-old Bishop Barnett K. Thoroughgood sat down following the Sunday morning sermon and collapsed at New Jersualem Church of God in Christ. Paramedics couldn't revive him.

The church's members include rapper Timbaland, who said in a message on Twitter, "rest in peace to my pastor, a true angel, Bishop Barnett K Thoroughgood."

In a 1987 interview with the newspaper, Thoroughgood said he began preaching at the age of 5. He was delivering sermons by the age of 16 at a Chesapeake church where his father was pastor. He started the Virginia Beach church when he was 20.


Information from: The Virginian-Pilot,

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