TAMMY FAYE BAKKER
AS SEEN IN:
"Fall From Grace"
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Tamara Faye LaValley Bakker Messner (March 7, 1942 – July 20, 2007) was an American Christian singer, evangelist, entrepreneur, author, talk show host, and television personality. She was married to televangelist, and later convicted felon, Jim Bakker (1961–92). She co-hosted with him on 'The PTL Club' (1976–87). She was a participant in the 2004 season of the reality show 'The Surreal Life'.
On July 20, 2007, at 4 am, Messner died following an 11-year battle with cancer. What had started as colon cancer had spread to her lungs. She died in her home, said her publicist, Joe Spotts. A family service was held on the morning of July 21, 2007, in the Messner family plot in Waldron, Kansas, where her ashes were interred. The ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Randy McCain, the pastor of Open Door Community Church in Sherwood, Arkansas.
She had frequently spoken about her medical problems, saying she hoped to be an inspiration to others. "Don't let fear rule your life," she said. "Live one day at a time, and never be afraid."
She had written on her website in May that the doctors had stopped trying to treat the cancer. She died the day after the airing of her interview on 'Larry King Live' on CNN. According to CNN.com, the family requested that King officially report the news of her death on July 21, 2007.
Today's "As Seen On TV" spotlight is dedicated to my friend Jeffrey Paul Baker (NOT Bakker!) It's sort of a belated birthday present, since he's such a HUGE fan of Bernadette Peters......