I know he had issues with his heart a few years back and mentioned it in a few sermons. You can see it and hear it in him the last few years.I had no idea this happened. Pastor Fortner was very influential to me during seminary. He and Henry Mayhan kept me sane while having to endure bleeding-heart liberalism on campus and in some classes. Mahan, especially, was quite the preacher.
EDIT: I was perusing Pastor Fortner's SermonAudio page, and I see that he preached just days before his death. He seemed perfectly normal—not sick or weak. Do we know what happened?
Well, he was theologically antinomian (not practically though), believed in justification from eternity (like me), disliked confessions because he believed people focused on conforming to the confessions without understanding the biblical foundations for them...he has a least one sermon where he describes Reformed theology in a negative light.I've listened to him a few times through the years and enjoyed his preaching. I especially liked his manner in the pulpit (i.e. old school). I don't know anything about him. Where was he doctrinally? He makes no mention of the Baptist Confession of 1689 anywhere so I was never entirely sure of his doctrinal commitments. I recall one sermon where he advocated a rather odd theory of the atonement. From what I gather, he was a Sovereign Grace Baptist (i.e. Calvinistic, Dispensational, Fundamental), but I'm not sure. Does anyone here know?