Unification Church Founder Dies At 92
Unification Church Founder Dies At 92, Self-proclaimed messiah Rev. Sun Myung Moon befriended N. Korean leaders and U.S. presidents. Unification Church head Sun Myung Moon dies in South Korea, Sun Myung Moon, the founder and head of the Unification Church which has millions of followers around the world, died at a retreat near the South Korean capital Seoul on Monday, church officials said.
Moon was 92 and had suffered complications from pneumonia, the officials said. Moon had been hospitalized in Seoul in mid-August and was moved to the retreat last week when his family and church believed there was little chance of recovery.
Moon had led an active public life until recently, officiating a mass wedding for 2,500 in March and leading a service of more than 15,000 followers in July.
The church said he had fallen gravely ill in early August after a lingering bout of cold and exhaustion that began in July.
Moon is survived by his wife – the pair are called “true parents” by followers – and 10 of their 13 children.
Born in what is now North Korea in 1920, Moon founded the church soon after the Korean War that ended in 1953, rapidly expanding the ministry internationally and building a business at the same time that served as the backbone of the empire.
The Unification Church runs the Segye Times newspaper in South Korea and more than a dozen other firms in South Korea along with overseas businesses.