Sunday 22 April 2018

US evangelist and presidential counsellor Rev Billy Graham dies aged 99

Billy Graham pictured in 2012
Billy Graham pictured in 2012
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

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 in the pulpit, died on Wednesday at the age of 99, a spokesman said.

He died at 8 a.m. EST (1300 GMT) 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, 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.

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.

Evangelist Billy Graham pictured during a visit to London in 1982
Evangelist Billy Graham pictured during a visit to London in 1982

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