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Monday, December 17, 2012

Christian Radio Personality Frank Pastore Has Died After Being Injured In LA Area Freeway Motorcycle Crash
The former professional baseball pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds made an eerie prediction three hours before the accident

By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries

GLENDALE, CA (ANS) -- Former Cincinnati Red baseball pitcher, Frank Pastore, 55, who had been the host of “The Frank Pastore Show” on KKLA (www.kkla.com) since 2004, died without regaining consciousness after his motorcycle was hit by a car on the 210 Freeway near Los Angeles on Monday, November 19, 2012.

Christian radio host Frank Pastore appears on a motorcycle in this 2011 photo.
(Photo: Facebook/Frank Pastore Show)

A statement posted on the KKLA website said, “Gina Pastore [his wife] informed us that in the early afternoon of Monday, December 17, Frank passed away. We will update you with any additional information as soon as it is available. Please continue to pray for Gina and the family.”

At Gina’s request, the website also posted an eerie prophetic sound bite in which Pastore told his audience three hours before a car struck him as he rode his motorcycle on the 210 freeway, “You guys know I ride a motorcycle, right? So at any moment ... I could be spread all over the 210,” Pastore said. “But that's not me. That's my body parts.”

Pastore added that his faith in Christ left him with no doubts his soul would live on after physical death. (www2.kkla.com/Frank_Pastore_Prophetic_Sound_Byte.mp3)

According to the Whittier Daily News (www.whittierdailynews.com), Gina said, “I just lost my beautiful husband. But it's comforting to know he's home with the Lord now.”

The story said, “Gina didn't mourn alone Monday. KKLA was inundated with callers expressing their grief.”

Frank Pastore pictured here with his family

Gina was quoted as then saying, “People are calling in and crying and mourning with us. I want to thank so many people for their outpouring of love and support. “That's really helped to sustain our family during this difficult time.”

The Whittier Daily News story added that among those acknowledging the passing was national radio and television personality Hugh Hewitt. “My friend and radio colleague Frank Pastore has died,” Hewitt posted in his Twitter account. “He was a terrific man, a great broadcaster and a wonderful husband and dad, RIP.”

On his Facebook page, BIOLA University President Barry Correy remarked that, “Frank Pastore had a heart for the Gospel and understood in the deepest ways the profound impact of a Christian worldview not only on our lives and on our educational institutions, but on our culture.”

“He was a voice of reason and of engagement, and he was able to articulate with clarity and listen with sensitivity. As a ‘94 graduate of BIOLA's M.A. in philosophy program, we considered Frank part of our family. He will be profoundly missed, not only by BIOLA, but by countless others who depended on him day in and day out to help them think clearly and Christianly about the big issues of the day.”

Frank Pastore at KKLA

Frank Pastore was returning to his Alhambra home from the KKLA Glendale studios after another show, and was ejected from the motorcycle and found unconscious on the freeway, according to California Highway Patrol Sgt. Aaron Knarr.

California Highway Patrol officials said a woman driving a Hyundai Sonata was eastbound when she lost control of her car and drifted over to the carpool lane, where she struck Pastore and he was thrown off the motorcycle. 

Media reports stated that [California Highway Patrol] CHP officials said a gray Hyundai Sonata was eastbound on the No. 2 lane when for some reason, the driver lost control of the car.

The collision happened at 7:33 p.m. on the eastbound 210 Freeway, east of Buena Vista Street and Pastore was taken by helicopter to Los Angeles County USC Medical Center, where he remained in a coma.

Pastore was drafted out of Damien High School in La Verne, California, by the Reds in the second round of the 1975 amateur draft. He was 45-57 with a 4.30 ERA in seven seasons with the Reds (1979-85) and retired after playing for the Minnesota Twins in the 1986 season.

He took over the drive time slot at KKLA from Warren Duffy who had hosted a show there for a decade.


Dan Wooding, 71, who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, is an award winning British journalist now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for 49 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. He is the founder and international director of ASSIST (Aid to Special Saints in Strategic Times) and the ASSIST News Service (ANS) and he hosts the weekly “Front Page Radio” show on the KWVE Radio Network in Southern California and which is also carried throughout the United States and around the world. Besides this, Wooding is a host for His Channel Live, which is carried via the Internet to some 192 countries. Dan recently received two top media awards -- the “Passion for the Persecuted” award from Open Doors US, and as one of the top “Newsmakers of 2011” from Plain Truth magazine. He is the author of some 45 books, the latest of which is “Caped Crusader: Rick Wakeman in the 1970s.” To order a copy, go to: Caped Crusader - Amazon

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