“God has taken His servant,” a statement posted on his social media handles red.
He was reported to have died on Saturday, immediately after making a live broadcast, however, the cause of death has not been revealed.
Hundreds of thousands would attend his funeral, with key African politicians among his supporters.
His teachings and actions, however, were divisive.
After a rights group submitted a complaint about videos showing the pastor performing prayers to “heal” LGBT individuals, YouTube blocked his account in April, citing hate speech claims.
While Joshua claimed to be casting out a “demonic spirit,” Facebook erased at least one post showing a woman being smacked.
On social media, tributes have been flooding in for the preacher, who is known among his followers as Prophet TB Joshua.
Temitope Balogun is a Nigerian actress. Joshua was the founder of the Church of All Nations Synagogue. He was one of Nigeria’s most popular televangelists, but he wasn’t the most outgoing of his contemporaries.
Thousands of people have attended his weekly services in Lagos, Nigeria’s capital.
His rise to notoriety in the late 1990s coincided with an avalanche of “miracle” shows shown on national television by a variety of pastors.
TB Joshua was teased for not having the finesse of his colleagues during “deliverance” sessions, which are strenuous prayers similar to exorcism.
His ministry claimed to be able to heal all illnesses, including HIV/AIDS, and it drew individuals from all over the world.
He led the Christian television station Emmanuel TV and frequently toured Africa, the United States, the United Kingdom, and South America, earning the nickname “Prophet” from his supporters.
One of his churches collapsed in 2014, killing at least 116 people, many of whom were South Africans.
“The church was liable because of criminal negligence,” a coroner in a Lagos court said, but he was never charged.
TB Joshua was someone who actually touched the lives of many poor people.
Unlike many others, He was one pastor who actually reached out to poor people and always tried to help them.
It’s so sad to read TB Joshua is dead.
It’s actually quite sad.
He was only 57.
— #OurFavOnlineDoc 🩺🇳🇬🇬🇧💎 (@DrOlufunmilayo) June 6, 2021
The passing of my brother TB Joshua saddens me deeply. At 3.00am this morning I was told by one of his daughters that this was fake news & I tweeted as much. Sadly I was misled. 5 minutes ago the same person called me & confirmed the story. @GazetteNGR was right & I am in pain. pic.twitter.com/g6C1XhPKLB
— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) June 6, 2021