This is starting to take a bad turn, to say the least. The news broke last night of the sudden death of Florida pastor Zachery Tims in New York City. I had hoped it was just natural causes, and not something scandalous, especially since Tims was known to have had some moral failings in the past. All I can say right now is, things are not looking so good.
NY Police sources are apparently telling the NY Daily News and the NY Post that drugs may be a factor in his death. For the sake of Tims' soul, and for the sake of his church, I hope it's not true. But honestly, I'm starting to get a real bad feeling about all this.
Florida pastor found dead in Times Sq. hotel had drugs, police say
A white powdery substance believed to be narcotics was discovered on the body of a 42-year-old Florida pastor who was discovered dead in a hotel room in Times Square, a law enforcement official said Monday.
The cause of death for Rev. Zachery Tims, Jr., who led an 8,000-member ministry in Orlando, was still pending.
Tims' body was found Friday afternoon when housekeepers at the W Hotel attempted to clean his room but found it latched from the inside. Hotel security opened the door and found Tims lying on his back between the bedroom and living room area.
Another law enforcement official familiar with the case said, "what that white powdery substance is and whether it played a role in Mr. Tims' death is still to be determined."