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Tammy Faye

Dies at 65

7/21/2007 11:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Tammy Faye MessnerTammy Faye Messner, who as Tammy Faye Bakker helped her husband, Jim, build a multimillion-dollar evangelism empire and then saw it collapse in disgrace, has died. She was 65.

Messner, who had battled colon cancer since 1996 that more recently spread to her lungs, died peacefully at her home Friday, said her booking agent, Joe Spotts, in an e-mail to the Associated Press.

A family service was held Saturday in a private cemetery, where her ashes were interred, he said.

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Southernbreeze    

Tammy Faye was fearless. She accepted people no one else would even give the time of day. She was a tiny little woman, who was full of enthusiasm, and for those of you who can
take every opportunity to type the most atrocious things..she got up off her butt and actually did something, changed things, and loved everyone...what have you done?! (exactly)

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married with children    

#84--People didn't say and couldn't say the nice things they are saying about Tammy Faye, when refering to Anna Nicole Smith...Was that the best comparison you could come up with?

#93--Sorry to learn that your God gives people cancer. I serve the same one as Tammy Faye, and he doesn't give people cancer.

#130--What??????

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Sir Patty    

"Ding Dong the WITCH is DEAD"! All you YO YO's who are boo hooing ol' Tammy, remember this: She and her DOUCHEBAG husband SCREWED possibly MILLIONS of people out of their cash, all in the name of GOD! How IRONIC "The Big Guy" turned her into "The Crypt Keeper" in her final days! AMEN!

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The Bahamas is Dangerous    

Tammy Faye was such a sweet soul.

Strong yet so kind and gentle.

A true Minnesotan at peace in Heaven.

She will be missed and never forgotten.

2651 days ago
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Patrick    

I have very little sympathy for a woman who's organization she represents preys on the weak minded, ignorant, and helpless. Her ministry made a industry of selling salvation and hope to those who needed it most. What is her suffering compared to the countless people that gave their last dime to her ministry for "miracles and healing" only to die and suffer just like thier doctors said. They took the money of the poor, bought gold plated bathrooms and laughed all the way to the bank.

Meet your maker and know the damage your ministry has done to the countless innocent people you preyed upon to support your extravagant lifestyle.

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mickey    

Jim and Tammy Faye were into the prosperity, name it and claim it false Gospel. They say Jim has seen the error in that and has moved on after paying his debt to society. I hope Tammy did before she died. As far as her being non judgemental..............I think she fell into error there too as well. We are not to judge others, but we are to expose the works of darkness for what they are. She compromised herself by encouraging some sinners rather than lovingly warning them. She also had a habit of yoking herself with unbelievers in business ventures. Another thing the Bible warns believers against. Needless to say those ventures of hers failed. I think she meant well overall, but got off the right track numerous times.

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Cindylou    

TAMMY FAY WAS AN ACCOMPLISHED CON ARTIST AND BOTH HER HUSBANDS WERE CONVICTED AND JAILED FOR THE SAME OFFENSES. THEIR LAVISH LIFE STYLE AT PTL WAS AT THE EXPENSE OF THOUSANDS OF GULIBLE SENIORS WHO COULD ILL AFFORD MONEY SENT TO SUPPORT THE BAKERS INDULGENT LIFE STYLE. TAMMY'S LOVE OF GARISH, CLOWN-LIKE MAKE UP REVEALS A SELF-CENTERED WOMAN IN LOVE WITH HER IMAGE, FURTHER ENHANCED BY EXCESSIVE JEWELRY AND FLASHY CLOTHING AND HAIRDOS. INDEED, BEING "TAMMY FAYE" WAS A VERY EXPENSIVE PROJECT. DOCTORS, LAWYERS, TEACHERS, ETC., OFTEN LOSE THEIR LICENSES BECAUSE OF MALFEASANCE, BUT TAMMY MERELY "REINVENTED" HERSELF, GOT A BOOKING AGENT AND WENT ON WITH THE SAME OLD SCAMS. AND SHE PLAYED LARRY KING LIKE A FIDDLE WITH HER LAST PUBLICITY-SEEKING INTERVIEW. COMPARE TAMMY FAYE TO BILLY GRAHAM'S WIFE, RUTH, WHO LIVED A MODEST BUT VERY EFFECTIVE LIFE AND DIED RECENTLY IN DIGNITY.

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Tangie    

Tammy Faye had more guts than all of you people bashing her from behind your screens. To bash the dead is cowardly and nobody cares what you say, anyway. Your just looking for desperate attention. Tammy long ago asked for forgiveness. And she is with her Lord, now. Why don't you people calling her evil take a close look at your own lives? Sounds like your pretty screwed up.

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Isabella Gotti    

RIP Sweet Tammy Faye. Your life here on Earth will be remembered for all of the good things that you have done. We all make mistakes and no one can judge anyone else because none of us are perfect. He who is without sin let him cast the first stone. I know that you are in the presence of our King! I am just glad that you are no longer suffering, no one deserves that. Again, RIP and may your sweet loving spirit that made such a difference on the Earth, always be remembered.

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A Fan    

When we first saw Tammy Faye years ago, she didn't seem real--more like a cartoon character. In spite of all the bad things that happened to her, she turned out to be an inspiration for us all not to judge others and be accepting. She had a real depth to her that we can only envy. Thanks for that, Tammy Faye.

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Sues    

Very brave woman - we could all learn from her. Condolences to her family.

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Judi c    

Regardless of the GOOD & BAD posts. GOD is the only judge. Tammy Faye is like all of us, human flesh that is born to die and go back to the father. Can you see why GOD destroyed the people in NOAH'S time. Look at all us today. Human Flesh with all our sin is the reason for all our hate, lust, greed, envy. From the beginning Cain & Able. jealously, murder. Are we any different today. We all strive for our comfort and lusts. We go the route of money. We all want more of it and we fight and kill over it. Ah, then comes the Religion part. We fight for our rights because of Religion. It is instilled in us from the beginning of our life, that we have a creator who LOVE'S us. He sends human flesh to proclaim that. Anyone who is willing to commit their life to sharing that proclamation, will stand out from the rest, and be set up to be mocked by the Human Race. It is easier to get a job, or start a nonconfrontational business, then to stand up and preach the GOSPEL of OUR LORD. This is what these people did. Tammy Faye stood out in this lifetime, GOOD or BAD in your opinion. She was preaching the WORD OF GOD. We are still Flesh we are not GOD'S. She did a GRAND service to MANKIND and to OUR LORD. Only by Mercy and GRACE are we going to be with OUR LORD> GOD sent JESUS for this reason.. Someday you may just get it!!!!!!!! I love you TAMMY FAYE, I will always stand by you and your family and all who love you.

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Patricia Duran    

This was a true lady. She sang so beautifully. Such a happy heart despite so many tragedies. So what if she liked makeup and jewelry, she learned her lessons, I am sure. She never hurt anyone! She was non-judgemental and tried to do the best for all. I am so sorry you had such a sad and painful death. You are a TRUE icon removed from all these trashy young rich sometimes talentless anorexic competitive females that fill up this internet and this site. Good for you TMZ!!!!!! You made me feel we all learn something from TMZ. Merit where merit is due.

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Patty    

RIP Miss Tammy. Your courage, strength, incredible faith, smile, colorful personality and eyelashes :) will be sorely missed ^.^

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LongJohn69    

MAX FACTOR just filed for bankruptcy.

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