U.S. evangelist Billy Graham dies at 99
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U.S. evangelist Billy Graham, who counselled 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 February at the age of 99, a spokesman said.
Rev. Graham died at 8 a.m. EST (6.30 p.m. IST) at his home in Montreat, North Carolina, according to Jeremy Blume, a spokesman for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
With his steely features and piercing blue eyes, Rev. Graham was a powerful figure when he preached in his prime, roaming the stage and hoisting a Bible as he declared Jesus Christ to be the only solution to humanity's problems.
Evangelist Billy Graham speaks during an interview at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina on December 20, 2010. | Photo Credit: AP
According to his ministry, he preached to more people than anyone else in history, reaching hundreds of millions of people either in person or via TV and satellite links.