I’ve heard that he had begun to moderate slightly in his old age, which offended the more zealous, leading to “excommunication.”
I’ve also heard that he was caught masturbating, apparently in church, which the church equates with Onanism and homosexuality, leading to “excommunication.”
Given his age and health, I’d tend to lend credence to the first, with the second being a scurrilous tale spread by his own former zealots to further discredit the man.
But, I really don’t know. I hope he realized the error of his ways, repented and received forgiveness of his sins before he died.
I have read that the “playing with his ding-a-ling” story is false, made from the hijacked Twitter account of one of his daughters.
The other story is more credible. They were going to discipline a female church member for something and he advocated “taking it easy” on her. That hacked off the ‘church council’ and they gave him “the left foot of fellowship” from among them.