Billy Graham, the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, is dead.
Graham had been treated in recent years for cancer, pneumonia and other ailments.
The spokesman Mark DeMoss confirmed that the Rev. Graham died Wednesday morning at his home in Montreat, N.C. He was 99.
Graham is credited with transforming American religious life through his preaching and activism as his message and service to U.S. presidents from Dwight Eisenhower to George W. Bush earned him the nickname “America’s Pastor.”
In 1995 his Evangelistic Association designated his son William Franklin Graham III as the ministry’s leader while his wife, Ruth, died in 2007.
Graham reached more than 200 million through his appearances and millions more through his pioneering use of television and radio.
His voice rang out, insistent and resonant in the drawl of his native North Carolina. He used the same artful persuasion that once had made him a top Fuller-brush salesman.
His books are also popular among Christians across the world including Nigeria.
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