Monday, August 15, 2011

NYPD: Drugs a Possible Cause of Pastor Zachery Tims' Death

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.
According to a law enforcement official, police found a glassine envelope with a white powdery substance inside the right pocket of his shorts. The substance was being tested, according to a law enforcement official.
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."
The Florida pastor found dead in a Times Square hotel room may have died of a drug overdose, according to a police source.
A small glassine envelope containing a white powder was found in Zachery Tims's pocket, the source said.
The powder will be tested to determine if it cocaine, heroin or any other drug. An autopsy on Tims was inconclusive, and further tests are being conducted.
Tims, 42, the senior pastor of New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka, was found dead Friday evening in his 37th-floor room at the W Hotel on Broadway.
He was lying face up in a walkway between the bedroom and the living room area, the source said. His body had no obvious signs of trauma.
Based on what family members told police, none of Tims' jewelry was missing, and it does not appear he was robbed of any other belongings.
Police believe he was alone when he died because hotel staff had to break through the door's security bar, which can only be put in place from  inside the room.
The hotel had no comment.
I'd hate to see a man's name besmirched in death if it is undeserved. If Tims died of purely natural causes, then I believe the autopsy and toxicology reports will show this to be true, and clear his name. If he did fall [back] into the clutches of drug use, maybe God has a reason for exposing it to all.

From the words of Jesus himself  we know that that what's done in the dark will eventually come to the light. Luke 12:2-3 says:
"But there is nothing covered up that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known."
I guess in the end, time will tell, since time reveals all things. 
Hopefully, Zachery Tims is at peace. And may God bless and uphold his family in this difficult time.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is so incredibly sad. I feel for his children so much. To lose a father who was their hero -- esp. under suspicious circumstances! I feel for the mother, who now must be both mother and father to 4 children, one of whom is disabled.
Being from NY, I tend to believe this is not going to get a good ending from the toxicology results. Drugs are just 24/7 delivery here.

Unfortunately, the pastor thought he had time or didn't think his last snort would truly be his last. He was healed of addiction, and yet did not respect the power of God over the weakness of his flesh. He did not respect the danger of vice due to his very comfortable salary/lifestyle/ image, etc.
Let this be a lesson: if this is a drug OD, it was the vice of illicit sex that brought him right back around to the sin of drugs. The entire stripper affair is what I am talking about. Beware of ALL sin, because ALL sin is from the same place and can lead you back to your original vice.