File photo of Billy Graham. Courtesy of the Billy Graham Library.
Billy Graham – probably the most well-known and influential evangelist of the past century – has died at the age of 99, according to various news sources.
He died at his home in North Carolina, according to a family spokesman.
Estimates suggest he preached to hundreds of millions of people in his lifetime, including tens of thousands at Singapore’s old National Stadium in a multi-day rally in 1978.
Graham, known as “America’s Pastor”, was a familiar face on TV and a much-loved voice on radio broadcasts in America. He was also honoured for his part in the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s, alongside Rev Martin Luther King Jr.
In 2006, in the documentary God’s Ambassador, Graham said when asked of his passing: “Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God.”
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