SUWON, SOUTH KOREA - JULY 22: Reverend Moon Sun Myung, founder of the Unification Church, attends the ceremony after the Peace Cup final match between Hamburger SV and Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma at Suwon World Cup Stadium on July 22, 2012 in Suwon, South Korea. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
He passed away just before 2 a.m. local time (12:54 p.m. EDT Sunday) from complications of pneumonia, surrounded by family, friends and followers, according to Unification Church leaders.
However, in the weeks prior to the passing, Rev. Joon Ho Seuk, the church’s international vice president, said that members worldwide had been conducting prayer vigils and fasting for Rev. Moon’s health.