The Reverend Billy Graham, the face of Christian evangelism worldwide for decades, has died at age 99:
Graham, who had been in ill health for a number of years, was regularly listed in polls as one of the “Ten Most Admired Men in the World.”
Shearer told Fox News that Graham died from “natural causes.”
His Christian crusades took him from the frenzy of Manhattan to isolated African villages and according to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website, he preached to more people in live audiences than anyone else in history.
The BGEA put his lifetime audience at nearly 215 million people in more than 185 countries and territories, with “hundreds of millions more” viewing him on television, video, film and webcasts.
“My one purpose in life,” he said, “is to help people find a personal relationship with God, which, I believe, comes through knowing Christ.”
Often a controversial figure, Reverand Graham rose to prominence in America with his 1948 Los Angeles crusade. Over the years Reverend Graham has preached to millions in person as well as on television and radio. Reverend Billy Graham has also spent decades as a spiritual advisor to presidents both Republican and Democrat.
Reverend Graham’s oldest son, Franklin, is expected to succeed his father as the head of his ministry.
Reverend Graham has been one of this country’s most prominent religious figures for decades and played a prominent role in many millions of lives. Rest in peace, sir, you will be missed.