A tele-evangelist with a large following across the United States is being sued by relatives over her claim that prayer cured her brother's throat cancer.
Darlene Bishop's claims appear in her book, Your Life Follows Your Words, which fails to mention that her brother, the songwriter Darrell "Wayne" Perry, died of the disease 18 months ago.
Mr Perry's four children have filed a lawsuit against their aunt for wrongful death, claiming that she persuaded him to stop chemotherapy and to depend instead upon God's healing.
Mrs Bishop, who is co-pastor at a 4,000-congregation Ohio church, also claims that prayer cured her of breast cancer.
In her blog she dismissed the allegations as "complete lies", adding that he had been in remission for more than a year when the book was published.
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