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Mon December 14, 2009

Roberts Hospitalized

Tulsa, OK – ORU founder hospitalized after fall

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Televangelist Oral Roberts has been hospitalized after falling during the weekend.

A statement released Monday says Roberts fell on Saturday and is being treated for broken bones and a slight case of pneumonia. It says he's listed in stable condition at a hospital near his home in California.

The 91-year-old Roberts founded Oral Roberts University in Tulsa in 1963. He returned to the campus in September to help inaugurate the university's third president, nearly two years after his son, Richard, resigned the same post amid a financial scandal that tarnished the evangelical school's reputation.

Richard Roberts and his wife have denied accusations that they spent university money on vacations, home remodels and other luxuries at a time ORU was $55 million in the red.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

News Release on Roberts:

EVANGELIST ORAL ROBERTS HOSPITALIZED: Suffering Broken Bones from Recent Fall, Mild Pneumonia TULSA, Okla., Dec. 14 - Dr. Oral Roberts, evangelist and founder of Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association and Oral Roberts University, has been hospitalized near his home in California, following a fall on Saturday, from which he is suffering broken bones. Dr. Roberts remains hospitalized for treatment of the broken bones and a slight case of pneumonia. He is listed in stable condition. The Roberts family appreciates all the prayers for Dr. Roberts, as they trust he will make a speedy and miraculous recovery. Dr. Roberts, 91, has remained involved in the ministry he founded in 1947 as much as his health allows, with his son Richard Roberts currently serving as president. He continues to serve as chancellor of the university he founded in 1963.