Autopsy says Central Florida pastor died from drugs

Zachery Tims found dead in Times Square hotel in 2011

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Zachery Tims

NEW YORK - The New York City medical examiner says the combined effects of cocaine and heroin killed the popular pastor of a Central Florida megachurch.

Results released Thursday ruled the death of Zachery Tims accidental.

He was found dead on the floor of a room at the upscale W Hotel in Times Square in August 2011.

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.

Tims started the 7,000 member church in 1996.

Church officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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