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Sun Myung Moon Dead at 92

9/2/2012, 9:22 p.m.

The Rev. Sun Myung Moon, the self-proclaimed leader of the Unification Church has died. He was 92.

Moon, who was from South Korea, was one of the most controversial religious movements to sweep America in the 1970s. He had been hospitalized with pneumonia in August and died Monday at a hospital in Gapyeong, South Korea, according to a church announcement.

At the height of his popularity, Moon claimed 5 million members world-wide, however those numbers are believed to have fallen into the thousands today.

Moon offered an unorthodox message that blended calls for world peace with an unusual interpretation of Christianity, strains of Confucianism and a strident anti-communism. He was famous for presiding over mass marriage ceremonies that highlighted Unification's emphasis on traditional morality.

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