Evangelist Billy Graham Dies at 99

By RACHEL ZOLL,Associated Press MONTREAT, N.C. (AP) — The Rev. Billy Graham, who transformed American religious life through his preaching and activism, becoming a counselor to presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, died Wednesday. He was 99.

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Reverend Billy Graham passed away Wednesday morning at his home in Montreat.  He was 99.  A family spokesman told the Associated Press Graham had been suffering from a variety of ailments, including cancer and pneumonia.  His wife Ruth died in 2007.  Funeral services have not been announced, but Graham will be buried next to his wife at the Billy Graham Museum and Library in Charlotte.

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