- The family confirmed evangelist Reinhard Bonnke's death via his official Facebook page
- The 79-year-old preacher died in the company of his close relatives on December 7
- Bonnke first came to Kenya in 1988 and became a household name in nearly every village
The family of German evangelist Reinhard Bonnke has confirmed the preacher's demise on social media/
The family made use of his official Facebook page, stating that he had passed away peacefully in the company of his relatives on Saturday, 7 December.
"It is with sorrow that the Bonnke Family would like to announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke. He passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on December 7, 2019," read the statement.
It was not immediately established what he was ailing from, however, the man of God had a right bone femur surgery in November 2019.
Born in 1940, the late son of army logistics officer touched many lives through his gospel missions especially Africa where he served as both evangelist and a missionary since 1967.
Briefly.co.za gathered that in 1974, he founded the mission organisation and ministry, Christ For All Nations, which was initially based in South Africa but later on moved to Frankfurt at the height of apartheid rule.
The televangelist began his ministry by holding open-air crusades characterised by small tents that often blew away during windy days.
The 79-year-old first set came to Kenya in 1988, and since then, he has become a household name in nearly every village with a number of children named after him.
He left behind widow Anni Suelze, three children and eight grandchildren.
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