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US preacher Billy Graham dies

US evangelist Billy Graham

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

Graham became one of the best-known promoters of Christianity, preaching to audiences worldwide in large arenas, beginning in London in 1954.

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 personally preached to 210 million people.

Graham became a committed Christian at the age of 16 after hearing a travelling evangelist and was ordained a minister in 1939.

At first sceptical of the civil rights movement in the US, he went on to become a supporter in the 1950s.

Source: BBC