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Zachery Tims, Florida Megachurch Pastor, Found Dead in NYC Hotel

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The pastor of a Florida megachurch was found dead in a Times Square hotel room and police are now investigating whether drugs were involved.

The NYPD said Zachery Tims, 42, of Orlando was found dead on the floor of a room at the W Hotel late Friday afternoon.  An white powdery substance believed to be narcotics was found in the room. The medical examiner will determine the cause of death.

Tims was in town for a meeting and was supposed to leave for Texas last Thursday, according to a law enforcement official with knowledge of the matter. He failed to check out that day, and on Friday, when he still had not checked out, maids went to the room.

According to his church's website Tims was the senior pastor of New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka, Fla., one of the largest congregations in central Florida. He also hosted and appeared on Christian television and radio programs.

The church reportedly has more than 8,000 members. Tims started the church in 1996. The congregation grew quickly and in 2005, the church built a $3.4 million, 34,000-square-foot youth center.

A former drug adict, Tims had said he hoped the center would keep youngsters away from drugs and crime.

According to a law enforcement official, police found a glassine envelope with a white powdery substance inside the right pocket of Tim's shorts. The substance was being tested, according to a law enforcement official.

Church members and others posted a flurry of messages mourning the loss of the popular pastor on Facebook and Twitter late Sunday.

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