As a teenager, Zachery Tims was a drug addict who found himself convicted of attempted murder. He decided to turn to religion, because, he said, "God has a greater plan." He eventually founded an Orlando-area megachurch. The ending to God's plan for Tims? He was found dead this past weekend in a guest room at the W Hotel in New York City.
Tims's body was found Friday afternoon at the luxury hotel in Times Square when a worker entered his room to check the minibar.
The Wall Street Journal reports that authorities located a white glassine envelope filled with white powder in the right pocket of the pastor's shorts. They believe the powder to be a narcotic. Glassine envelops are often used to store substances such as cocaine and heroin. Authorities have not confirmed whether the powder was connected to the death.
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Tims founded the New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka, Florida, in 1996. The church now counts more than 8,000 members. Tims also made a name for himself in televangelism and frequently appeared on TBN.