Myles Munroe, an internationally known minister and motivational preacher, died in a plane crash Sunday in the Bahamas, according to news reports.
He was 60.
His wife Ruth and several other people were killed along with him when a Learjet 36 crashed while making an approach at Grand Bahama International Airport.
Myles Munroe was a prominent Christian preacher who frequently appeared before massive audiences at Christian events with other widely known ministers.
He was the head of the Bahamas Faith Ministries, and wrote or co-wrote more than 100 motivational books focused on strengthening the role of men in Christian life.
The plane was heading to Freeport for the Global Leadership Forum, a gathering organized by Munroe's ministry, which was scheduled to run through Thursday.
The ministry said the conference would go on, albeit in a shortened form, despite the tragedy because "this is what Dr. Munroe would have wanted."
Oral Roberts University, the private evangelical college in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where Munroe attended seminary, named Munroe its outstanding alumnus in 2004.
In a statement Sunday night, it said the school is "heartbroken over the loss."
"His work in extending Christ's Kingdom in our generation was exemplary and world changing," said the university's president, Billy Wilson, of Munroe's passing.
Andrew Young, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, who often joined Munroe at Christian forums and gatherings, also mourned him publicly.