Prison Fellowship Ministries founder Charles W. “Chuck” Colson died April 21 due to complications resulting from a brain hemorrhage.
Colson, 80, was hospitalized March 30 after his speech became slurred during a conference. Other reports indicated Colson was dizzy as well. Doctors performed surgery March 31.
It was thought in the subsequent days after his surgery that his health was improving, but a statement April 18 from Jim Liske, CEO of Prison Fellowship Ministries, said Colson’s health had seriously deteriorated.
Colson was a member of First Baptist Church in Naples, Fla.
Colson was most known for his part in the Watergate scandal during Richard Nixon’s presidency.
He was special counsel to Nixon from 1969-1973 and became known as Nixon’s “hatchet man.”
His conversion to Christianity before his seven-month prison sentence was ridiculed in major newspapers. He went on to form Prison Fellowship, a nonprofit organization “to seek the transformation of prisoners and their reconciliation to God, family, and community through the power and truth of Jesus Christ.”
Donations can be made to the Charles Colson Legacy Fund at prisonfellowship.org,
or call (800) 206-9764.