2nd June, 2016

US televangelist and TBN founder Jan Crouch has died at the age of 78.

News of Ms Crouch's death was announced by her son Matt on his website on Tuesday. He said he and his wife Laurie had "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."

Ms Crouch, whose death came after a massive stroke in a Florida hospital, and her late husband Paul founded the Trinity Broadcasting Network, now known as TBN, in the US in 1973. It grew to become the world's largest religious broadcasting network.

Her husband, Paul, died in 2013.

- DAVID ADAMS