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Christian evangelist Billy Graham died just before 8 a.m. Wednesday at his Montreat, North Carolina, home. He was 99.
Regarded as one of the most influential preachers of the 20th century, Graham was a trusted adviser to every U.S. president since World War II. Many called on him during their most troubling times.
“My one purpose in life,” he said, “is to help people find a personal relationship with God, which, I believe, comes through knowing Christ.”
Graham’s health had been declining for many years. In 1989, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. He suffered broken bones, bouts of pneumonia and other illnesses during his final decades.