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Lawsuit: Calvary Chapel's Chuck Smith denied medical help on his deathbed
Lawsuit: Calvary Chapel's Chuck Smith denied medical help on his deathbed

A daughter and the widow of Chuck Smith -- the founder of the worldwide Calvary Chapel movement -- have sued his former church, alleging a conspiracy to commandeer Smith's ministry and deny him emergency medical attention on his deathbed. Smith died last year at 86, after a battle with lung cancer. His church started in 1965 as a tiny ministry that appealed to a counter-culture crowd, but quickly blossomed into an enormous brand with more than 1,000 chapels across the nation. The lawsuit alleges that the church board and Smith's son-in-law hastened the pastor's death, took control of the Costa Mesa-based ministry and cheated Smith's wife and family out of money they...

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