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B.B. Bosworth’s Death Certificate

Unexpected news related to his passing

By Roscoe Barnes III, PhD
Author, F.F. Bosworth: The Man Behind “Christ the Healer”
Copyright © 2022



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Evangelist B.B. Bosworth    

(1887 - 1958)

Burton Brydia “B.B.” Bosworth, the younger brother of Fred Francis “F.F.” Bosworth, died on Feb. 17, 1958, in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. at the age of 70. His death was caused by respiratory medullary failure, according to his death certificate. The medulla is the respiratory control center of the brain. According to one medical professional (my niece) who reviewed this document, "he had a stroke to the medulla area of the brain, which controls the involuntary respiratory actions which caused respiratory failure."

Burton’s death occurred only a few weeks after the passing of Fred, who died on Jan. 23, 1958.

According to the death certificate, Burton suffered from pleural effusion or water on the lungs, for eight to 12 weeks. For 20 years, he suffered from arteriosclerotic heart disease. Burton also had diabetes mellitus and influenza. Members of the Bosworth family confirmed years ago that both of the Bosworth brothers suffered from diabetes.

For many years, Burton and Fred held revival meetings that attracted thousands of people. Many who attended the meetings reported healings and miracles in answer to prayer. Oswald J. Smith, who personally participated in some of the meetings, said, “The lame are walking, the deaf are hearing, the cancers are gone – these things no one can deny.”

In my article, “B.B. Bosworth: Unsung Hero of Divine Healing Revival Meetings,” posted on Oct. 24, 2020, I mentioned the tribute to Burton and his brother that was written in the Alliance Witness. Shortly after their passing, the magazine reported “there were many unusual instances of divine healing" in the meetings held by the Bosworth Brothers.

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