Megachurch Pastor Found Dead With ‘White Powder’ in Times Square

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Reverend Zachery Tims Jr.

Florida Reverend Zachery Tims Jr. was found dead at the age of 42 in the Times Square W Hotel on Friday with what is believed to be drugs in his pocket. "What that white powdery substance is and whether it played a role in Mr. Tims's death is still to be determined," a law enforcement source told The Wall Street Journal. Medical examiners are awaiting toxicology results to announce the cause of death.

Tims founded the 7,000-member New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka, Florida, and previously struggled with drug addiction in his native Baltimore, where he was gang-affiliated before a religious conversion just before his twentieth birthday. The pastor's 15-year marriage ended around 2009, after he admitted to an affair with a stripper, who posted details of their romance online.

"I join many others in being saddened by the news of the death of Rev. Zachery Tims of Florida," Al Sharpton tweeted yesterday.

Police Probe Florida Pastor's Death [WSJ]