Tammy Faye Messner Dead at 65
Tammy Faye Messner, former wife of Christian evangelist Jim Bakker, has died of cancer at the age of 65. In recent weeks, Tammy Faye has spoken publicly about her battle with cancer. She appeared on Larry King Live a day before she died and spoke of her weight loss and her faith in God.
For two decades, Tammy Faye Bakker was a national icon, best known for dabbing at mascara-tinted tears while then-husband Jim Bakker prayed for sinners on the PTL (Praise the Lord) Network, one of the nation's first and most successful television ministries. It crashed and burned when Bakker was convicted in 1989 of defrauding supporters of his PTL ministry of more than $150 million, including a $265,000 payment to church secretary Jessica Hahn to keep quiet about their affair.