Religion: The Fast Ends

For 51 days, the Rev. Jesse J. Ivie, a traveling Ozarks evangelist, fasted in his cottage at Cherryville, Mo., hoping that his sacrifice would bring him a special sign from God (TIME, June 9). He refused to see doctors, slowly grew weaker. "If the Lord wants me to die," he said, "I'm ready to go." This week, surrounded by his praying family, Evangelist Ivie died.

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