Crystal Cathedral megachurch founder Robert Schuller ailing

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FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2006 file photo, Rev. Robert A. Schuller poses for a photo outside the Crystal Cathedral in Orange, Calif. Schuller, the Southern California televangelist who founded the world-famous Crystal Cathedral, is ailing and could be in his final days, his daughter Carol Schuller Milner said, Wednesday, April 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)
F 324826 003 11Mar98 California Televangelist Robert H. Schuller. (Photo By John T. Barr/Getty Images)
FILE - This April 1, 2007 file photo provided by Crystal Cathedral Ministries shows the Rev. Robert H. Schuller during his "Hour of Power" service at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, Calif. Schuller is in court seeking more than $5 million from the ministry he built from scratch in a dispute that has delayed millions in payments to creditors left short-handed when the church filed for bankruptcy two years ago. The trial over Issues including copyright infringement, intellectual property and contract violation claims that stem from his ministry's devastating financial collapse continued Friday, Nov. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Crystal Cathedral Ministries, File) NO SALES
The Crystal Cathedral, Los Angeles. 1980. Architects: Burgee and Johnson. (Photo by Arcaid/UIG via Getty Images)
Dr. Robert Schuller speaks before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Coca-Cola 600 auto race at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Sunday, May 25, 2008. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
FILE - This Oct. 27, 2011 photo shows the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, Calif. Crystal Cathedral Ministries will keep airing the "Hour of Power" television program and hold worship services in this famous glass-paned cathedral despite the departure of founding pastor Robert H. Schuller and his entire family, according to a statement issued Tuesday March 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
FILE - This Feb. 9, 2006 file photo shows Robert A. Schuller, left, poses for a photo with his father, Robert H. Schuller, outside the Crystal Cathedral in Orange, Calif. The Crystal Cathedral declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy this week, donations are in free-fall and dozens of creditors are clamoring for payment from a church that's $43 million in debt. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)
FILE - This Dec. 17, 2004 file photo shows the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, Calif. The Southern California megachurch founded by televangelist Robert H. Schuller Sr. is selling property, laying off workers and pulling its signature TV program "Hour of Power" from some markets to offset a nearly $8 million drop in revenue.(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
The Rev. Robert Schuller, in keeping with his long-standing commitment to help bridge the gap between Christians and Muslims, talks with several people before addressing the crowd at the 15th annual Islamic Convention held at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, N.J., Sunday, August 31, 1997. (AP Photo/Michael Sypniewski)
Rev. Robert Schuller delivers sermon to parishioners who sit in cars in what is thought to be America's first and biggest drive-in church in Garden, Grove, Calif., a Los Angeles suburb, Nov. 12, 1972. He calls his unusual church “a 22-acre shopping center for Jesus Christ.” (AP Photo/Jeff Robbins)
Robert A. Schuller, left, poses with his father, Robert H. Schuller, inside the Crystal Cathedral Feb. 9, 2006, in Orange, Calif. The younger Schuller, 51, who was installed last month as senior pastor at the 10,000-member Crystal Cathedral, is taking on his father's legacy and adding a few modern twists of his own. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
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SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- A daughter of the Rev. Robert H. Schuller, the Southern California televangelist who founded the world-famous Crystal Cathedral, says her father is ailing and could be in his final days.

Carol Schuller Milner said Wednesday that her 88-year-old father had been enjoying life despite suffering from terminal esophageal cancer, but his health began declining earlier this year.

She says he grew weaker last week and is surrounded by family and listening to hymns while receiving care at a nursing facility.

Schuller started preaching in 1955 at a drive-in theater and in 1970 began a TV ministry called the "Hour of Power." In 1980, he built a glass cathedral to house his booming ministry.

After a disastrous leadership transition led to a decline in membership, the church filed for bankruptcy in 2010.

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