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I'm a longtime contributor to MTV, Billboard, Alternative Press and MovieWeb. I've worked as on-air reporter, host, writer and producer for MTV, MSNBC and E!. I have provided opinion and commentary to programs on VH1, IFC, G4, Fuse, Current and Oxygen. I have written for Huffington Post, Premiere, OC Weekly, SFGate.com, NextMovie.com, MTV's television and movie blogs and other publications. I am the founder of Superhero Productions, providing broadcast, online and aftermarket content for a number of clients including Lionsgate, Sony and Warner Bros. I personally handle artist management for a handful of bands. "Ryan Downey has established a history of breaking some good scoops in the last few years, and you could certainly do worse than bookmark [him] to check in on." -- Ain't It Cool

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Tammy Faye Messner 1942-2007

I just received the following message from Revolution Church:

After fighting cancer for eleven years, my mother passed away on July 20 at 4AM. She had a very peaceful death and is no longer in pain. To grant her wish she was cremated today and her ashes were buried at a private ceremony. The service was performed by my good friend Randy McCain of Open Door Community Church in Sherwood, AR.

Thank you to everyone for their prayers and support over the years - it has helped me more than you will ever know. Please continue to pray for her husband Roe as well as the rest of my family.

A public ceremony is currently being planned - an update will be sent once the details are finalized along with where to send flowers. I ask that all press would please allow me to grieve privately at this time. Thank you.

Jay Bakker


Neal Taflinger said...

I am confused by this - you weren't into this painted up old crook, were you?

Ryan J. Downey said...

tisk tisk there are two sides to every story. ;)

Did you know Tammy was the first evangelical to have gay AIDS patients on TV, back when Presiden Reagan wouldn't even utter the phrase "AIDS"? I could go on. Tammy rules. And as for the "crook" bit... It's a lot to go into here, but, suffice it to say, the story is not black and white at all.

Anonymous said...

Hey Ryan;

Thanks for defending the memory of Tammy Faye. In addition, PTL was the only ministry that never bought into the "AIDS is a plague from God" rhetoric. I was there when this happened. I know how much Tammy Faye loved us.

Finally, I attended the memorial in Atlanta. It was soooo beautiful. I wish you could have been there.


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