US Christian evangelist Billy Graham, one of the most influential Gospel preachers of the 20th Century and a counselor to 12 US presidents, has died aged 99.
The Southern Baptist preacher eventually became the world’s foremost Christian evangelist, spreading a message of spiritual redemption at tent and stadium revival meetings.
In his over 60-year career, he is estimated to have preached to hundreds of millions of people, reaching millions of them through TV and conveying the Christian message on that scale.
An early sermon outside the US took place before 12,000 worshippers in 1954 in Haringay Arena, London, England.
He died at his home in Montreat, North Carolina, a spokesman for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association said.
Graham preached his final sermon in New York City in 2005 at the age of 86.
“I know that soon my life will be over. I thank God for it, and for all he has given me in this life. But I look forward to Heaven,”…