BREAKING: Evangelist Billy Graham Passes Away at 99

         

(Reuters) - U.S. evangelist Billy Graham, who counseled presidents and preached to millions across the world from his native North Carolina to communist North Korea during his 70 years on the pulpit, died on Wednesday at the age of 99, a spokesman said.

Graham died at 8 a.m. EST at his home in Montreat, North Carolina, according to Jeremy Blume, a spokesman for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Graham was one of the most influential preachers of the 20th Century.  He became one of the best-known promoters of Christianity, beginning his worldwide mission in large arenas in London in 1954. 

Graham and his wife, Ruth, who died on June 14, 2007, had two sons and three daughters.

Source: Reuters / Bill Trott / Frances Kerry / Diane Craft

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