Christian media pioneer Marlin Maddoux died today at the age of 70, according to the USA Radio Network, which he founded in 1985.

Marlin Maddoux

The network said Maddoux died at 11:45 Central time this morning in Dallas due to complications from heart-bypass surgery.

Maddoux, president of the USA Radio Network, which has more than 1,300 affiliated radio stations nationwide, was an author and host of a daily radio program, “The Point of View,” heard on more than 360 stations.

He also was founder and president of International Christian Media and a founder of the Alliance Defense Fund, a public-interest law firm that filed suit against San Francisco for issuing licenses to same-sex couples.

Maddoux was a frequent guest on national television and radio broadcasts, including “CBS Morning News,” ABC’s “Nightline” and “Good Morning America,” “CNN” and “Focus on the Family.”

On several occasions, he was an invited guest at the White House of President Reagan and President Bush.

His books included “America Betrayed,” “What Worries Parents Most,” “Free Speech or Propaganda?” and “A Christian Agenda: Game Plan for a New Era.” His last book was a novel, “Seal of Gaia.”

Maddoux, who lived near Dallas, is survived by his wife, Mary, four grown children and ten grandchildren.

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