Billy Graham, one of the most famous Christian figures of modern times and affectionately known as “America’s Pastor” has died today aged 99.
ABC News reports that a family spokesperson confirmed the minister died of natural causes at his home in North Carolina, USA this morning.
Born in 1918 and ordained in 1939, Graham’s preaching broadcasts and stadium filling crusades led him to minister around the world for 7 decades to over 200 million people.
Mourners immediately took to social media to share their thoughts and feelings at the breaking news,
— Steven Furtick (@stevenfurtick) February 21, 2018
Billy Graham: “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.” https://t.co/03aaqMKpZ5
— The Gospel Coalition (@TGC) February 21, 2018
The GREAT Billy Graham is dead. There was nobody like him! He will be missed by Christians and all religions. A very special man.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 21, 2018
Joel Osteen added in a CNN interview,
Joel Osteen on the death of Billy Graham: “Billy Graham was always our hero… It’s not how we start it’s how we can finish and he finished with grace and with dignity.” https://t.co/KrCemWjGXc https://t.co/WEcAJkrmg3
— CNN (@CNN) February 21, 2018
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