Crystal Cathedral megachurch founder Robert Schuller ailing

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Crystal Cathedral megachurch founder Robert Schuller ailing
F 324826 003 11Mar98 California Televangelist Robert H. Schuller. (Photo By John T. Barr/Getty Images)
The Crystal Cathedral, Los Angeles. 1980. Architects: Burgee and Johnson. (Photo by Arcaid/UIG via Getty Images)

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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