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Chicago Fri Oct 22 2010
Pentacostal Bishop Arthur Brazier, the founder of the Apostolic Church of God and spiritual leader of thousands, died of as-yet unreported causes. Bishop Brazier's son, the current leader of the ACOG, announced the Bishop's passing on the church's website.
Bishop Brazier was a nationally prominent leader in the Black Christian establishment. He was also an early civil rights activist in Chicago, despite refusing to talk politics from the pulpit.
He was also an immensely influential political figure on the city's South Side, and a key ally of Mayor Richard Daley. Brazier's church is one of a handful of the most influential in the city.
He was 89.