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Falwell starts diet on 72nd birthday


The Rev. Jerry Falwell, center, and his twin brother, Gene Falwell, left, blow out their candle celebrating their 72nd birthday. Photo: R. David Duncan III

That’s the story (other than a shock that he is a twin!). He could easily drop 50 lbs by cutting off his fat head, and spare us all in the process.

On Thursday, his 72nd birthday, cake was not enough to lure him away from his commitment to lose 50 pounds. “I started a diet today,” he said. “I had salad for lunch. I hate salad.”

Falwell’s friends and family were on hand at the DeMoss Learning Center on the Liberty University campus for his birthday celebration. Falwell, the pastor of Lynchburg’s Thomas Road Baptist Church and chancellor of Liberty University, said his weight loss will be his gift to them. Twice this year, he almost died because of clogged arteries in his heart.

Last month, doctors inserted four stents in Falwell’s heart to help the free flow of blood and life-sustaining oxygen. “The reason I am saying I’m on a diet publicly is I want to be held accountable,” he said.

…Falwell said he’s just thankful to be alive. “There were times this year that I thought I wouldn’t make it to 72,” he said. “Now, I’m feeling stronger. I’m back preaching. With the Lord’s help, I’m just praying for a few more years.”

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