The Rev. Jerry Falwell, who founded the Moral Majority and built the religious right into a political force, died Tuesday shortly after being found unconscious in his office at Liberty University, a school executive said. He was 73.You wonder what his ejection fraction was and if an automatic defibrillator might have prevented this...
Ron Godwin, the university's executive vice president, said Falwell, 73, was found unresponsive around 10:45 a.m. and taken to Lynchburg General Hospital. "CPR efforts were unsuccessful," he said. Mr. Godwin said he was not sure what caused the collapse, but he said Mr. Falwell "has a history of heart challenges."
"I had breakfast with him, and he was fine at breakfast," Mr. Godwin said. "He went to his office, I went to mine, and they found him unresponsive."
Mr. Falwell had survived two serious health scares in early 2005. He was hospitalized for two weeks with what was described as a viral infection, then was hospitalized again a few weeks later after going into respiratory arrest. Later that year, doctors found a 70% blockage in an artery, which they opened with stents.