Controversial TV evangelist Jim Bakker suffers a stroke amid a coronavirus treatment lawsuit.
Jim Bakker (R) talks about "The Jim Bakker Show" in Missouri on May 1, 2018.
Jim Bakker, the controversial TV evangelist who has been sued for allegedly advocating a fake coronavirus cure, has had a stroke.
His son Jay Bakker posted the news on Twitter on Friday.
"I know that some of you have trouble humanizing my father, but he's also a good grandfather and my father," he wrote.
"We have a complicated relationship like many others … His life has influenced both my and my work. He has had a small stroke recently, your thoughts will be appreciated."
Jim Bakker's wife Lori said he was recovering at home and would take a sabbatical until he was fully recovered.
"We are grateful that Jim is fine and that he is now at home with our family," she said wrote on the Facebook page of the Jim Bakker Show.
"Under the guidance of doctors and our board of directors, Jim will take a sabbatical off the show.
"Jim will be back! He is still dreaming and hearing from the Lord, and he already has a powerful word to deliver when he returns to the air."
She continued: "Jim is a guard on the wall and we as a family are determined to wear his coat by bringing more prophets, news, updates and more to the Jim Bakker Show in the coming weeks.
"For many years, Jim has worked continuously to bring incredible prophets and guests to our show, discover and develop new products to share, build in Morningside, and bring out the message for the days we live at.
"All of these projects and the violent warfare we've seen in the past few weeks have put Jim's health under tremendous strain."
80-year-old Bakker is at the center of a lawsuit filed by Missouri's Attorney General, Eric Schmitt, after a guest on his show, Dr. Sherrill Sellman, suggested that a "Silver Solution" product could potentially prevent infection by some strains of coronavirus.
"This influenza that is now circling the globe, do you say Silver Solution would be effective?" Bakker asked Sellman.
In response, Sellman said, "Well, let's say it wasn't tested against this strain of coronavirus, but it was tested on other strains of the coronavirus and was able to eliminate it within 12 hours."
Former Missouri governor Jay Nixon has requested that the lawsuit be dismissed.
"Jim Bakker is wrongly attacked by those who want to smash his ministry and force his Christian television program out of the air," he said.
"The video of the Jim Bakker Show clearly shows that the allegations are false. Bakker has not claimed or claimed that Silver Solution is a cure for COVID-19. In this case, it is about religious freedom."