Habitat for Humanity Founder Millard Fuller Dies

ATLANTA (AP) - Habitat for Humanity co-founder Millard Fuller has died unexpectedly at the age of 74.

His wife says Fuller fell ill and died Tuesday while being transferred between Georgia hospitals.

Millard Fuller was a millionaire who gave it all away to found Habitat for Humanity in 1976. Since then, the Christian charity has built 300,000 houses for more than 1.5 million people -- a ministry he called "the theology of the hammer."

Fuller lost control of Habitat in a conflict with its board in 2005. He and his wife then started The Fuller Center for Housing to raise money for Habitat affiliates.

Former President Jimmy Carter calls Fuller "one of the most extraordinary people I have ever known."

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