'Ang Dating Daan' founder Eli Soriano dies at 73

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Photo courtesy: Eli Soriano website

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 12) — Televangelist and "Ang Dating Daan" founder Bro. Eli Soriano has died, a statement from Members Church of God International confirmed on Thursday. He was 73.

"It is with deep sadness, yet with full faith in the Almighty, that we announce the passing of our beloved and one and only Bro. Eliseo 'Eli' Soriano -- a faithful preacher, brother, father, and grandfather to many," the MCGI said.

The religious organization, however, did not state Soriano's cause of death.

Soriano was baptized in the former Church of God in Christ Jesus, Pillar and Support of the Truth in 1964 then headed by Bro. Nicolas Perez.

He took over the leadership of the organization in 1977 and renamed the religious group as MCGI in 1980.

It was also in 1980 when Soriano established "Ang Dating Daan," a radio program used to preach the gospel. It migrated into a television show in 1983.

Aside from "Ang Dating Daan," Soriano also hosted other religious programs like "Itanong Mo Kay Soriano" and "Truth In Focus." These gospel-preaching shows air at UNTV channel, managed by broadcaster and his nephew Daniel Razon.