Megachurch Pastor Zachery Tims was found dead at the W Hotel in Times Square, New York, on Friday afternoon. He was found unresponsive on the floor of a room by housekeepers and was pronounced dead at the scene, reported CNN.
So far, the police don't suspect foul play. The New York Medical Examiner's office hasn't yet released a cause of death.
Tims' 8,000-member church, New Destiny Christian Center, based in Apopka, Fla., will issue a statement at 7 p.m. ET Monday concerning his death, reported CNN.
Meanwhile, some of those who have been touched by Tims' message, which reaches over 100 million households worldwide, poured in their prayer and condolences on his center's Facebook page.
"Earth has no sorrow that heaven is not aware of. Praying for the family n congregation, may his soul rest in eternal peace," said one commenter.
"So deeply sorry to hear of the loss of your Pastor, our prayers our with you and Pastor Tims family. Father God, send forth your healing power and comfort to your people at New Destiny Christian Center. Let your Spirit rise up and be glorified as you move in this situation. In Jesus Name, Amen," posted another commenter.
Paula White, another popular Christian preacher, wrote on her Facebook page: "today my heart is grieved over the loss of my spiritual son and long time friend and associate, Pastor Zachery Tims. While words are difficult for me to find during this time of loss, I honor the great work he has done for the kingdom of God and pray for every family member, friend, associate and the incredible congregation of New Destiny."
Tim's conversion to Christianity "instantly delivered [him] from drug addiction," according to NDCC's Web site. He was then "called into ministry" and "determined to make his young life count."
In 1996, Tims was sent from his Baltimore church to start a new church in Orlando, Fla. with just six initial members.
Now, the NDCC boasts over 8,000 members. As a part of its outreach program, it has given food, clothing, personal toiletries, haircuts, medical screening, and toys to the needy several times per year.
Tims wrote a book about his life, published in 2006, titled "It's Never Too Late." He is divorced and survived by four children, according to Christian Post.