Trinity Broadcasting Co-Founder Jan Crouch Dies at 78

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Jan Crouch

Crouch and her husband, Paul, started the network in 1973 by renting airtime on an independent California station.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Televangelist Jan Crouch, who co-founded the Trinity Broadcasting Network with her husband more than four decades ago, has died just days after she suffered a stroke.

Crouch, instantly recognizable for her mountain of blonde hair, warm smile and long eyelashes, was 78.

Her family made the announcement Tuesday on the California-based Trinity Broadcasting Network's website.

A spokesman for the network didn't immediately return a phone call.

Crouch and her husband, Paul, started the network in 1973 by renting airtime on an independent California station. Trinity officials say its programming is now carried by more than 5,000 television stations. TBN bills itself as the world's largest Christian television network.

The network announced last week that Crouch had suffered a stroke in the Orlando area.

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