The air is filled with less ozone-killing hairspray and chunky particles of Christian glamour today, because Jan Crouch, the citizen of Candyland who inherited the late Tammy Faye Bakker Mesner’s title as the Empress of Christian Televangelist Beauty has died. Everyone lower your luscious fake eyelashes at half mast. Jan Crouch was 78 years old.
WESH2 says that last Wednesday, Jan had a life-threatening stroke and was checked into a hospital in Orlando, FL. At the time, a family friend said that it didn’t seem like Jan would recover from the stroke. Jan’s son Matt Crouch and her daughter-in-law Laurie Crouch announced in a statement today that Jan’s pink unicorn mane of a wig has sprouted frosty wings and carried her to the afterworld:
“Laurie and I have just watched the transition of our precious Mother from this world to the next; watched her step into the presence of Jesus and into her heavenly reward. Jan Crouch, known around the world as Momma Jan, has gone home.
Those who battled for the Kingdom of God knew her as a fighter — someone who didn’t give up, someone who fought relentlessly to get the Gospel around the world.
Jan Crouch loved many things, but most of all she loved Jesus, and now has seen Him face to face and has experienced His grace in fullness.
She has taken a piece of our hearts with her, but it’s so wonderful to know that Paul and Jan Crouch are together again, in the arms of Jesus.”
Jan and her late husband, Paul Crouch, founded the Trinity Broadcasting Network in 1973 and it grew to become the largest religious television network in the world. Jan was also the CEO of the Christian theme park The Holy Land Experience in Orlando, and she helped create TBN’s headquarters, an opulent palace of tasteful holiness in Costa Mesa, CA.
No televangelist’s messy career would be complete without SCANDALS and TBN had several including Paul Crouch’s gay sex scandal and accusations that Jan used millions of the ministry’s money to fund her lavish lifestyle.
Jan Crouch is now gone, but her spellbinding theatrical and glamorous memory will forever live on thanks to this legendary performance that drag queens will continue to recreate until the end of days!