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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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Finally exposed - shes a wierdo    

OK, I know this woman was an icon for the 80's televangestic excess, and her makeup spawned the famous "I ran into Tammy Faye Baker" t-shirts (that showed an outline of a face with running mascara, lots of lipstick & face powder). And yes, I know her manner is off putting for some. I felt that way back in the 80's & 90's.

That having been said, I also know that she may have been annoying, but her heart was in a good place. In my opinion, her ex-husband and his partners were primarily to blame for the entire PTL mess. If you can affix blame to her, it's because she naively trusted those around her. I got a good look at her, when she was involved in that celebrity living together reality show a couple of years ago. She actually made friends with, of all people, porn star Ron Jeremy, even AFTER he told her what he did for a living. Gotta say, most of the religious people I know would have arrogantly shunned him & walked away; she didn't. I think that speaks to the content of her character, and her commitment to seeing people as they truly are inside.

Whether you liked her or were annoyed by her, there won't be another Tammy Faye. I hope she finds the peace, wherever she may be, that she was never able to find while she was alive. RIP, Tammy Faye...

2558 days ago
47.

Alexxxxx    

R.I.P Tammy,

D:

:*(

2558 days ago
48.

chillout music girl    

She was a great person.
I just saw her interview with larry king last night...
Even as she was 65 lbs, the woman always was smiling and positive.
I am not sure many of us could of faced death as positive as her.
I am happy she finally found a good husband who stuck beside her until her dying day..

I seen her in the past in the malls in florida many years ago.. she always smiled..
People can say - she wore to much make-up or whatever..
But tammy faye was a cheerful and graceful human being until the end...

2558 days ago
49.

anonymous    

I prayed that if God wasn't going to heel her, than take her peacefully. I cannot believe that people are saying mean things like that. I hope and pray you get Cancer real soon and die, or better yet your mammy.

2558 days ago
50.

cathysr    

Love you Tammy! RIP

2558 days ago
51.

Reejay62    

Tammy is now where she always wanted to be...in Heaven. I bet she's sharing make-up secrets with all the angels...LOL. I will miss you, Tammy; but we'll see you again someday, as sure as there's a Heaven.

2558 days ago
52.

vel lyn    

Tammy had a heart that most of us only wish for. Her ability to forgive those who caused her and her family so much suffering. I will miss her and know the angel's are rejoicing now. She was so very blessed to have Ro in her life. God bless you Tammy.

2558 days ago
53.

Katerina    

My occupation brings me in close contact with many terminally ill patients, including cancer patients. Her last message to the world on the Larry King show was basically, have faith, there's a far better life awaiting us, and it's not a scary thing to say goodbye when it is time to go. Those are mighty important lessons for all of us. May she rest in the peace she so richly deserves.

2558 days ago
54.

Donna S.    

Whatever she might have did with her former husband in regards to illegal activity at least at the end she was able to come to terms with her illness and to deal with it with dignity and still keep her faith.

2558 days ago
55.

chillout music girl    

I wish the best for her husbad roe ( I think that is how it is spelled) and her son.
I hope I find a man as strong and committed as he was to her..

Rest in Peace Tammy Faye...

2558 days ago
56.

Butterfly    

It was very tough for me to see Tammy Faye's last interview. After all that suffering, I know she's at peace.

My prayers are with her family.

2558 days ago
57.

X    

Rest in Peace Tammy. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. You were very brave and courageous. I hope you did not suffer and I am only glad you are out of pain and in heaven. You were loved by many.

2558 days ago
58.

willnjax    

I think that despite the glitz and the deception of the early yrs.. Tammy was truly a believer in an afterlife and also that people were inherently good. She was an intensely positive person who made others feel better about themselves.. who can fault that? If she made anyone's life better, then her life had worth. I hope she finds the eternal heaven she espoused in this life . Rest in peace.

2558 days ago
59.

Laurie    

She is best remembered for helping to loot the gullible in the name of God. This has long been an esteemed practice in America.

2558 days ago
60.

D.B.Ashley    

Sounds like assisted suicide to me.The whole scenario.-God bless her.

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