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Photos: Rev. Moon through the years

Updated 5:23 PM ET, Sun September 2, 2012
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The Rev. Sun Myung Moon, founder of the Unification Church, died early Monday morning in South Korea. He is seen delivering a speech during his 91st birthday party in Gapyeong, South Korea, on February 8, 2011. Reuters/Landov
Moon, pictured in an undated headshot, was imprisoned in North Korea during the Korean War before being freed by the allies. He was a strong supporter of Republican politicians in the United States. Getty Images
Moon and his wife, Hak Ja Han, visit Britain in March 1972. Express/Getty Images
More than 1,000 Korean and Filipino couples attend a mass wedding ceremony in Manila on January 23, 1996. Moon led the Unification Church, which gained fame worldwide for its mass weddings. AFP/Getty Images
A Japanese devotee holds a portrait of his bride, who couldn't join in the mass wedding event at the Olympic Stadium in Seoul on February 13, 2000. Moon married some 30,000 couples at the event. AFP/Getty Images
Moon and his wife bless the brides and the grooms during the ceremony in Seoul. Followers of the Unification Church are sometimes referred to as "Moonies." AFP/Getty Images
As founder of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, Moon speaks during a meeting with 2,500 clergy in Washington on April 16, 2001. He was on a national unity tour. Newsmakers/Getty Images
Moon toasts with his family members during his 91st birthday party in 2011. Reuters/Landov
Moon and his wife oversee a mass wedding of 5,200 couples on March 24 in Gapyeong. The Unification Church performed its first mass wedding in 1961 with 33 couples. Reuters/Landov
Newlyweds celebrate during the ceremony n Gapyeong earlier this year. Reuters/Landov
Moon and his wife, Hak Ja Han, watch the newly married couples dance a waltz. Reuters/Landov
Moon speaks during the opening ceremony of the Peace Cup match between Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma and Sunderland on July 19 in Suwon, South Korea. His Sunmoon Peace Football Foundation organizes the preseason soccer tournament. Getty Images