He passed away just before 2 a.m. local time (12:54 p.m. Sunday in Eastern time zone) from complications of pneumonia, surrounded by family, friends and followers, according to Unification Church leaders.
A comment was not immediately available from Unification Church International President Hyung Jin Moon, his youngest son and appointed successor of the religious movement.
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.
Moon was also the founder of the Unification Church, and The Washington Times was created as a way to extend his political views to an American audience — something that it was initially successful at, though it has struggled in recent years. At times controversial, he nonetheless was an important figure in both South Korean and American cultural circles.