Evangelist Billy Graham Dies at Age 99; Counseled Presidents and Reached Millions

February 21, 2018 Updated: February 21, 2018

Billy Graham, known for counseling presidents and reaching millions of people, has died at age 99.

Spokesman Mark DeMoss confirmed Graham’s death.

Graham had long been suffering from cancer, pneumonia, and other ailments.

He died on Wednesday morning at his home in North Carolina.

Graham is credited with bringing evangelical Christianity into the mainstream, reported ABC News.

He also had access to the White House as spiritual adviser to many presidents, including Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, and Ronald Reagan.

“Each one I’ve known long before they ever became president, been in their homes many times; always called them by their first names, until they became president,” Graham said of several former presidents.

However, in his later years, Graham kept his distance from the evangelical political movement he helped grow, reported The New York Times.

“If I get on these other subjects, it divides the audience on an issue that is not the issue I’m promoting,” he said in 2005. “I’m just promoting the Gospel.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

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