The Washington Post website reports today (April 21, 2012) that Charles Colson -- who established a worldwide prison fellowship ministry after his conversion to evangelical Christianity -- died today in Inova Fairfax Hospital in Virginia at the age of 80.
The death -- after a brain hemorrhage earlier this month -- was confirmed by a family spokeswoman, Michelle Farmer.
Colson had helped lay the groundwork for the Nixon landslide in November 1972 by appealing to disgruntled Democrats and blue-collar minority voters.
Released from prison on parole in January 1975 -- after serving seven months in a minimum-security facility for pleading guilty to obstruction of justice -- Colson was a leading voice in the evangelical movement and an advocate for prison reform until his hospitalization this month. He is considered by some American theologians to be the most popular American evangelist of the 21st century.