BREAKING: Billy Graham has died

BREAKING: Billy Graham has died
Billy Graham (Image: YouTube screen grab)

The Rev. Billy Graham, the charismatic North Carolina pastor who took his evangelizing crusades around the country and the globe, died on Wednesday morning, according to officials of his organization. He was 99 years old.

Graham served as a counselor or minister to a dozen U.S. presidents, and he preached to an estimated 215 million people in 185 countries around the world during his life. His message reached millions more as he maintained a near-constant presence on radio, television and the internet.

He also wrote more than two dozen books, including his 1997 memoir,” Just as I Am,” which was a New York Times bestseller.

In a tweet, President Donald Trump called Graham the “GREAT Billy Graham” and wrote, “There was nobody like him! He will be missed by Christians and all religions. A very special man.”

Graham died just before 8 a.m. at his home in Montreat, North Carolina, surrounded by family, according to a spokesman for Samaritan’s Purse, the nondenominational evangelical Christian organization headed by Graham’s son Franklin.

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