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Billy Graham: Influential US evangelist dies at 99

February 21, 2018 4:15 pm

US evangelist Billy Graham – one of the most influential preachers of the 20th Century – has died aged 99.

He died at his home in Montreat, North Carolina, a spokesman for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association said.

In a 60-year career, he is estimated to have preached to hundreds of millions of people around the world.

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Former presidents are among the many who have been paying tribute. President Trump called him “great” and a “very special man”.

After becoming one of the best-known promoters of Christianity in the US, Graham embarked on his global mission with an event in London in 1954.

Graham reached millions of worshippers through TV – the first to use the medium to convey the Christian message on such a scale.

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